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It’s that time of year again… holiday shopping is in full gear! The Library Store is here to help, and we’ve got gifts galore for many of those on your list. First up of the holiday gift guides– a Bookish Holiday! For those bibliophiles in your life… and if you’re a Library Store blog reader, we know you’ve got em’. Read on.

1. Out of Print T Shirts– featuring iconic and often out of print book covers on printed cotton tees. We have The Bell Jar, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Catcher in the Rye, The Naked Lunch, On the Road, Pride and Prejudice, Slaughterhouse-Five, and a few others that aren’t listed in our online store. $28.00

2. Penguin has re-released some of their classic titles with fantastically decorated cloth covers, sure to be a coveted collection in times to come. The titles on our shelf right now are Little Women, Great Expectations, Jane Eyre, and Pride and Prejudice. Stop by the store for additional titles in stock! $20.00

3. Another great from Penguin– the Penguin Book Cover Postcard Collection. A collection of 100 postcards, each featuring a different and iconic Penguin book jacket. From classics to crime, here are over seventy years of quintessentially British design in one book shaped box. $25.00

4. And finally, the Read and Write Mug. The image is taken from a vintage Ladybird Johnson book, and comes in the best little book gift box. $13.00

This bookish gift guide is in no way complete… we have so much more in the store, and on our website. Hope to see you soon!

The construction of a giant bookworm is no simple feat. It took the tireless work of two diligent worker elves, numerous copies of the LA Weekly sourced from a 7-11 in Hollywood, rolls and rolls of masking tape, a rather off color selection of yellowed Science Fiction novels, and quarts of gooey paper mache slop. At times throughout the construction process, the task seemed never ending. Luckily, the worker elves had some good bookworm makin’ tunes to help them along.

Slowly but surely, the bookworm began to come together. Growing from his humble cardboard skeleton, he started to take shape with the addition of layers of newspaper wads.  Here’s a picture of his mid-construction nap, taken on the couch.

Then the paper mache process began. Layers of newspaper, topped with layers of paper towels, topped with a shellacked “skin” of book pages and the bookworm was born! Just a quick inspection by the elves little furry friend and the process was just about complete…

The worm was then given some much needed big bright eyes, a mouth made from an old shattered record, and of course– some big green glasses to read with! Come meet Kenny the bookworm in his natural habitat, the downtown Central Library, right outside The Library Store!