Craftster Loves Librarians

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tattoo tshirt Craftsters are a very diverse group. We come from all kinds of backgrounds and have all kinds of interests and skills. I recently wrote about the awesome projects crafted by our members who are active in the sciences. In this article I want to introduce another well-represented professional group: the librarians of craftster!

reading is sexy Alistair book bag

Many people think of librarians as quiet, mousy, shy women who may not be all that interesting. Being a librarian myself, I can tell you that stereotype is as outdated as the macrame projects we featured last April Fool’s Day! In fact, it makes sense that so many librarians are Craftsters, as they tend to share many traits: curiosity, desire to learn new things, generosity, respect for others’ work and skill, and detail-orientation. There are many kinds of librarians: school librarians, university librarians, public librarians, corporate librarians, law and medical librarians, digital librarians, and more. If you want to learn about a new craft, browse craft books or videos, or any other topic on your mind, your local reference librarian is a great place to start!

book pillow book purse deer and monkey
dream tote glasses

With all this love of libraries and books around Craftster, naturally there are lots of amazing librarian and book inspired crafts throughout the boards. There have even been a number of librarian and book-themed swaps. You can check some of these out here, here, here, here, here, here , and here. These are just a few of the amazing librarian crafts we’ve seen around Craftster. Here’s to the crafty guys and gals rocking the stacks around the world!
Happy reading!

poppet library hooker mitts
pinup tote quiet suncatcher sock monkey

Does your profession or major influence your crafting? Tell us about it!

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22 Comments

  1. Marleah says:

    Yay librarians! Thanks for this feature. I’m a latecomer to the library scene, just starting library school this fall. But so excited! :)

  2. batgirl says:

    Good luck! I LOVED library school!

  3. carla_jo says:

    Yay librarians! They let us check out all those neat-o craft books for FREE!

  4. hey cool!love the librarians of crafster!

  5. leandrahime says:

    I agree with carla-jo! Take those babies home!

  6. PrincessPeter4 says:

    I’m thrilled to see this article!!! I come from a long line of librarians and I’m looking into library programs so I can start applying this year. I cannot wait to be a school librarian!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Sweet! I’m a library assistant (looking into library schools) so this made me happy!!

  8. troublet says:

    Between my degree in French and Spanish and my love for medieval history, I have learned more crafts than I can possibly name. Over the years, I’ve learned to do Spanish blackwork (pre-Holbein), make Teneriffe lace, sew costumes from the 11th-15th centuries, study Middle Eastern dance and cook foods from various parts of Europe and the Middle East. I think it’s safe to say that there’s a LOT of overlap between my professional life and my crafter’s heart.

    Oh, and librarians ROCK!

  9. Sara says:

    It’s my love of crafting that led me to my career as a children’s librarian! My favorite part of my job is designing the craft programs and room decorations for my children’s room. I even try to make some of the “complicated” crafts i do easier for the kids, so they are making more than just paper plate masks. Crafty Librarians are the best!

  10. Stacey says:

    I learned everything I know about crafting from books from the Public Library. I love our libraries. I live in a rural area between three larger communities. Each community has a library and librarians who know me by name!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the Librarians out there! Your patience and dedication to your science is invaluable.

    Librarians completely rock!

  11. batgirl says:

    I love all these comments! Thank you all so much! It’s great to see so much library love! :)

  12. BeckyHomeEkie says:

    What a great article. We librarians are some of the coolest and creative people on the planet! As a Home Econimics teacher turned school libraian I am happy to see our image updated. Craft on!

  13. Rustyboobz says:

    Thanks for this post. I’m a portuguese university librarian and i love my work. Thank you for recognizing the importance of libraries all over the place. Sadly, most people still think we are all shy lonely women with nerd glasses and ponytails :)

  14. Erin says:

    Yay! I’m an academic librarian, and I’m happy to see my ilk represented.

  15. Amelia says:

    Thank you so much for this librarian feature!

    Over the past three years that I’ve been a library assistant my appreciation for the science, art, determination, discipline, and creativity that are at the roots of the profession has grown exponentially. I’m not going to library school myself, but I know that my upcoming art school experience, and especially my art history courses, will owe an immeasurable amount to the various libraries and other knowledge resources that I will be able to access and draw wisdom from.

    I’d also like to give a shout-out to Laurie, the great librarian who has taught me so much these past three years! :D (hopefully I can subtly, or not-so-subtly, direct her to this feature . . .).

  16. Michi says:

    This is great! I love seeing librarians get some kind of spotlight, especially for crafting! Becoming a librarian has been my choice for my back-up job for a while and the library is one of my most favorite places to be.

    I am actually studying now to get my BAS in Interdisciplinary Science. It’s the fancy way of saying that I am getting my Bachelor degree in teaching. I am aiming to teach K-2nd grade. I am very excited and very much looking forward to starting my classes in a few weeks.

  17. Mandy says:

    I’m a teen librarian, thanks for all the awesome comments everyone! We’re facing a lot of budget cuts because of the economy, it made my day to get a few props :D

  18. charmcityg says:

    I LOVE librarians. They help to protect our Constitutional rights. Support your public libraries and thank your librarian!!

  19. batgirl says:

    These comments make me feel so warm and happy! Even though I work for Craftster now, I am still really proud of my MLS and the time I spent as a librarian. It’s great to see so many librarians and library lovers here. I hope everyone in the field (librarian, library assistants, etc) are surviving the budget cuts, and that everyone in library school is loving it as much as I did! @charmcityg, thanks! Not many people realize how much that is true! Keep crafting, keep reading, and thanks for making my day with all of these awesome comments! :)

  20. jamie and the full effect says:

    Im a student teacher… prepping up to teach high school English within the next year and a half, and all I can say is that I LIVE at my University library!!! Bless you librarians you make the world sooo sooo much easier.

  21. Gladys says:

    Lovely! I am a librarian/crafter hybrid myself and about to start my Master´s in Translation. Thank you sooo very much for this article, it´s a fantastic read and I will definitely pass it on to fellow librarians I know. Back to the question you asked us readers, I think that the thing about librarians and crafting is that most librarians tend to be curious and open by nature, hence always thrilled about learning new stuff, skills, etc. To me, libraries and crafts are the perfect match.

  22. Anonymous says:

    My mom is a librarian for an elementary school, and her birthday is next week. Perfect timing! Thank you for all the inspiration for her gift!

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