Playing Dress-up

Posted on 31 December 2009 at 9:18 pm in Musings.

I’ve been remiss on recapping the card catalog cocktail party! Some two-dozen current or recent SLIS graduates assembled at our house a few weeks ago to celebrate the newest set of MLIS-degree recipients. And to put an entertaining twist on things, we all (well, most of us) dressed up in our best stereotypical librarian garb for the occasion.

My attempt to go a more formal route was undone by Tom and his husband Mike, who forced me to wear Dame Edna-esque cat-eye glasses, but I was impressed by the efforts of many of my peers. Of course, at least two party-goers declined to participate in the official costume contest on the basis that that’s exactly how they usually dress. Of course, I’m equally guilty. In the run-up to the party, my wife was surprised to see me changing clothes — since I had been already wearing an argyle sweater.

Here’s an assorted few photos:

15537_201875832893_668027893_3190485_4559520_nNot actually prescription glasses.

15537_201876122893_668027893_3190516_2121159_nYes, that’s exactly how Adina usually dresses.

IMG_9099I wouldn’t dare complain about my overdue fines to Carolyn.

IMG_9100Tawnie went with pink argyle and knee-high stockings.

IMG_9104Sjuli went classy with fancy footwear and a pearl necklace.

IMG_9106Greg stepped up as resident guybrarian.

Ironically, with all those MLIS-holders present, the winner isn’t a librarian at all, but rather my wife’s co-worker and best friend Anastasia, who came as an austere, stern shusher:


Her grand prize was a set of argyle-and-skull stockings, which she promptly added to her look:


The runners-up each won their very own stub-length pencil. To which Tom (a page at an SFPL branch) responded, “It’s my job to stock those!”.

Happy New Year’s, by the way…

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  1. Comment by Miss Grace on January 2, 2010 at 12:52 am.

    Card Catalog Cocktail Party: I’m jealous.

  2. Comment by admin on January 2, 2010 at 7:04 am.

    You were in Vegas. Otherwise, you would have been welcome…

  3. Comment by Savi on January 6, 2010 at 4:10 pm.

    All in the Family, I suppose, but:
    for a blip of a second, librarian times had changed:
    As a former Circulation Supervisor at the Olive Kettering Library of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio….. (mind you it was in the heady years 1968-9), I wore short/short/short hemlines, bright colors — usually loose-fitting — dresses, long flowing hair, dangling earrings, no make-up, rode my bike and kept my dog at my side IN the library. My coworkers were, however, classic librarians — and disapproved, most, the presence of my crotch-sniffing dog. When I quit my job, I hit the road. It was the Summer of Woodstock. I drove east….

  4. Comment by Al_Pal on March 10, 2010 at 7:54 am.


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