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Book Club (Unshelved #4)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  326 ratings  ·  42 reviews
What happens in the library stays in the library. But oh, what happens in the library! Dewey has a book club, and you do not talk about Book Club. Colleen has a blog, but she doesn't know everyone can read it. Someone gave vegan Tamara a membership to the ham-of-the-month-club. And Merv reserved every copy of the new Harry Potter for purposes nefarious. This fourth Unshelv ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published June 22nd 2006 by Overdue Media (first published 2006)
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Strange and eerie that there is a character in this comic strip collection who is a vegetarian librarian named Tamara who doesn't like to take days off. Who's the informant?

Kristin, they've been spying on you, too. There's a strip about answering reference questions in the bathroom.

Favorite Quotes:

Patron: Where...
The Shusher: Shhhhh!
Patron: But I...
The Shusher: This is a library! Quiet!!
Patron: How am I supposed to ask for help?
The Shusher: American Sign Language. Learn it. Use it.

Librarian: T
How perfect - a comic strip that takes place in a library! I don't know about the others in the series, but this one at least has a coupla doz. Book Talk pages (in which the characters wittily make recommendations to us - see for example their take on Bryson's A Walk in the Woods). The only reason it's not five stars for me is that it's not lol funny. But I'm definitely seeking out the rest of the series.
Nov 30, 2008 YoSafBridg rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: public librarians
Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum have come out with their fourth collection of the Unshelved webcomic Book Club (which covers February 16, 2005 through February 19, 2006 for those of you keeping track). If you are not familiar with this series, it is absolutely required reading for any public libraries, recommended reading for anyone in public service, but i believe everyone should be able to appreciate the humor of the situation--a surprisingly accurate depiction of life in a public library.
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The thing is I just don't like comic strips. And this was comic strips about working in a library, which conceptually I was interested in but in the end I felt like it was a bit too niche for me. The best part were the strips on specific books like coralline and the tipping point.
Jul 19, 2013 Westcoast_girl rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: book lovers, humourists, librarians, library lovers
When I first saw this book I couldn't believe someone could write an entire book just on a library, not to mention a series of books.

After, reading this, the answer seems clear: libraries are a place that illustrate all of life's funny and quirky people, strange happenings, interesting musings, and funny idiosyncrasies.

Every character is unique and interesting. Every strip is hilarious and relateable. I found myself repeatedly groaning and giggling at situations Dewey has to face that I have se
3.5 stars-- Like other "workplace humor" books, Unshelved is perhaps best enjoyed by those of us who work in public libraries. How else can we enjoy the public internet obsessions, the dirty old patrons, the hobos who find new and ever more unusual places to snooze? I've you've ever worked in a public library, you can, no doubt, come up with countless Unshelved strips of your own.

Dampening my enthusiasm for the material is the poor quality of the illustrations. There's no consistency in characte
Amanda Sheley
story of my life. I love seeing the humor of my job, and that I am not the only one!
Jessica Franco
A continuation of the usual content, Book Club has more stories from Mallville Public Library. Barnes and Ambaum added something new with this novel: multinpanel and color comics that book talk other works. The characters are trying to pitch the book to their patrons or each other. It was a great way to discover new books, but much of the humor only made sense if you had already read it.
Jericho Eames
it makes me wanna be a librarian and that's a good thing!
Jun 16, 2014 Tracey rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
comic strips/libraries.
Feb 28, 2009 Katie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: librarians
Recommended to Katie by: my co-workers
This "Unshelved" collection I can't relate to as much, (other then being a children's librarian/clerk) since I am usually working during most times when our local book clubs meet. But, I love to read, so if I could I would definatly join one. I love Dewey's ideas to get teens interrested in joining their own Book Club, comparing it to the movie titled "Fight Club" so surly teens think it's secretive, exclusive, and forbidden, which in their mind means cool. Pure genius! Great funny stuff! :0)
This volume includes the usual strips, plus some Library conference tips, but the most interesting feature is the dozens of full-color “Unshelved Book Club” book talks where the library staff introduce on each page a new book. A kind of weekly book review, in color and often hilarious!

For more please check what I wrote for volume 1:

Or read my full comment on:
Adventures and laughs continue! I'm finding references to other comics (some I know and some I don't) rather interesting. Older brother from FoxTrot showed up a book or two ago, as did Dilbert. I suppose the comic world is one I am not a part of, but I'm glad they have a world as we librarians have one. And that Unshelved brings the two together! :-) Loved the part of Dewey starting a book club, since I started 2 this month. We'll see how they go.
The Mallville library gang continues to delight. I also really love this original run of Book Club strips.
Margaret Sankey
Print compilation of a web comic devoted to the doings of a fictional suburban library--the seven stages of falling in love with an author, the child riot when new Harry Potters were released, Ned the Naked Guy, odd things in the book drop, what happens when elderly patrons discover Craigslist, cutthroat bingo games and the politics of the Friends of the Library.
This was my favorite collection of strips so far. Dewey creates a book club unsurprisingly similar to "Fight Club," and all of the librarians give their synopses and recommendations of books to patrons of the Mallville library. This is a great way to highlight the personalities of each librarian based on their reading preferences and comments on the books.
This is my third book in the series that I've read and I'm still waiting for it to reach it's potential. The humor in this book would only appeal to librarians and then even I simply don't enjoy them. The drawing style is very elementary. I just don't get the attraction to this strip.
The other John
This is the fourth collection of strips from Unshelved, the online comic about the Mallville Public Library. What can I say? As a geeky, fan-boyish bookworm it targets my demographic exactly. And it's funny. So, I want a copy on my shelf so I can read it again and again and again.
Dec 14, 2007 Marci rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Angela
Shelves: readcomicbooks
This is a great collection f comic strips from the "Unshelved" series. It's great!!!! The scary part is how real some of the interactions with the customers on the page are to real life work in the public library sector.
I love Unshelved! Another reviewer mentioned how realistic some of the patron/staff scenarios are. I'm not sure whether this is a funny or sad thing...but still so very true. In any case, I highly recommend this!
There is a great section in the middle- comic book talks. Also an excellent rendition of "Little Zombie Chew-Chew" to the tune of "Little Bunny Foo Foo." Read the will laugh.
Miss Jessica
I bought this used from Amazon because my library didn't have a copy. It was $0.98 so it didn't come in the best condition, however I just noticed that it's signed. Cool.
This graphic novel is a really funny look at working in a library, with the book club's overview of a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction books. Lots of fun.
David Kealii
The hilarity continues at the Mallville Public Library in this collection. This is the kind of cathartic humor that anyone who works in retail/customer service can use.
Rebecca Ann
Reading this was just like a day at the library, hilarious in an understated way. I can't say I laughed out loud, but I smirked all the way through it.
Anne Barwell
This contains strips from the online comic 'Unshelved'. It's great library/book humour and one I'd highly recommend.
Amazing as always! I loved, loved, loved the addition of mini booktalks for different books. Very original.
With full-color book recommendations and the great cast of the Mallville Public Library, you can't go wrong.
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I'm the artist of Unshelved and write Not Invented Here. I mostly read sci-fi, history, biography, science, and mainstream comics. Whenever went wrong in the past and resulted in an alternate dystopian present, I'm a happy man. I have a small bookcase of favorite books that I re-read every year or two.
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Other Books in the Series

Unshelved (10 books)
  • Unshelved (Unshelved, #1)
  • What Would Dewey Do? (Unshelved, #2)
  • Library Mascot Cage Match (Unshelved, #3)
  • Read Responsibly (Unshelved, #5)
  • Frequently Asked Questions (Unshelved, #6)
  • Reader's Advisory (Unshelved, #7)
  • Large Print (Unshelved, #8)
  • Too Much Information (Unshelved, #9)
  • Bibliovores: an Unshelved collection
Unshelved (Unshelved, #1) What Would Dewey Do? (Unshelved, #2) Library Mascot Cage Match (Unshelved, #3) Read Responsibly (Unshelved, #5) Large Print (Unshelved, #8)

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