Style from the Stacks _2
ILA 2008 Annual Conference fundraiser event, "Style from the Stacks". A library inspired fashion show created by and for librarians.
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[scene opens with master of ceremonies Steven Rosengard addressing the audience of assembled librarians]
STEVEN ROSENGARD: Alright, and now we have some lovely and fun beauty tips for the lipstick librarian, of course ... There are a few of you out there, maybe more than a few! Indeed! And so, we have viewed some fashions that will make you the talk of the library, but these next beauty tips are designed specifically for librarians, and will definitely make you the talk of the town, for more than the usual reasons, anyway!
[a young female librarian gets on stage, as the large screen behind them displays a slide reading "Beauty Tips from the Lipstick Librarian (Text used with permission from the author. Copyright 1997-2003 by Linda Absher. www dot lipsticklibrarian dot com)"]
LIPSTICK LIBRARIAN: What makes the Lipstick Librarian? Is it money? Fame? Beauty? A mastery of AACR2 and reference interview techniques?
[the audience laughs]
LIPSTICK LIBRARIAN: No, it's the ability to look fabulous while poking around a printer with a bent paper-clip.
[the audience laughs]
LIPSTICK LIBRARIAN: It's not easy, but here's a list of beauty tips that will even help the dowdiest of librarians come off with enough sass and attitude that would make Naomi Campbell storm off in a hissy fit ...
[the screen behind her displays a slide reading "Highlighters = High Style", and shows a female librarian using a highlighter on her eyebrows]
LIPSTICK LIBRARIAN: Love those new pastel, retro eyeshadows but can't afford the new millennium price tag? Mix and match using a rainbow assortment of highlighters! They come in those dazzling sixties shades!
[the audience laughs, then the screen displays a slide reading "Wite-out? Why not?", and shows a female librarian using white-out on her fingernails]
LIPSTICK LIBRARIAN: Why wait until after work to get your nails done? With a bottle of correction fluid, you can give yourself a salon-worthy manicure in minutes!
[the audience laughs, then the screen displays a slide reading "A healthy glow can be yours!", and shows a female librarian putting her face in front of a computer screen]
LIPSTICK LIBRARIAN: No time for a tan? Lean your face within three inches of a computer monitor for at least thirty minutes for that quick, back-from-Brasilia glow! Also great for warming up leftovers ...
[the audience laughs, then the screen displays a slide reading "Refresh to Impress!", and shows a female librarian spraying herself in the face with a can of compressed air]
LIPSTICK LIBRARIAN: Feeling a little peaked in the afternoons? Give yourself a refreshing blast from one of those pressurized air cans used for dusting computer keyboards ...
[the audience laughs, then the screen displays a slide reading "A quick no-shine solution", and shows a female librarian holding a book with her face covered in dust]
LIPSTICK LIBRARIAN: Get rid of that nasty shiny-nose problem using books that haven't been checked out since the Nixon administration! Simply flip the pages back and forth in front of your face for that sophisticated, though gray, matte finish. Note, not to be attempted to those with asthma or dust allergies ...
[the audience laughs, then the screen displays a slide reading "Tattoos and you!", and shows a female librarian flexing her bicep to reveal several ALA-themed tattoos covering her arm]
LIPSTICK LIBRARIAN: Tattooing all your round-table and association acronyms on your body is not only one of the hottest library fashion trends ... it's also handy when you need to list your memberships on those pesky conference or grant applications!
[the audience laughs, then the screen displays a slide reading "No mascara? No problem!", and shows a female librarian closing her eyes to show off some (incredibly large) fake eyelashes]
LIPSTICK LIBRARIAN: And last but not least, forgot to put on your mascara this morning? Well, paint small Post-It notes black, cut into fringes, and stick them onto your eyelids for that Liza Minelli look!
[the audience applauds, as Steven resumes his place on stage]
STEVEN ROSENGARD: Alright, I wanted to see if anyone here might have some white-out on them?
[he shows the audience his fingernails]
STEVEN ROSENGARD: I didn't really get a chance to take care of that before I got here, so see me after the show, okay?
[the audience laughs]
STEVEN ROSENGARD: Alright, so ... Of course, as you all know, green is in and recycling and being on the environmentally conscious side is very appropriate these days. It's not a passing fad, so libraries of course are going green in more ways than one. And you're about to see how a couple of the libraries have transformed the old and ordinary into the new and extraordinary!
[the screen behind him displays a slide reading "Travelling Makeup Kit & Passport Case"]
STEVEN ROSENGARD: For our next look, we have an accessory!
[a female librarian comes out carrying an old VHS case and DVD case]
STEVEN ROSENGARD: It's a travelling makeup kit and passport case ... That's right! If you have an old VHS case laying around, take the outdated little piece into a success!
[she opens it and pretends to apply makeup to her face using a powder puff, as the audience applauds]
STEVEN ROSENGARD: And of course, if you're tired of fumbling in your purse for your passport while you're traveling to those international library conferences ...
[she opens the DVD case and shows a passport inside]
STEVEN ROSENGARD: Of course, if there's funding out there for that, right?
[the audience laughs]
STEVEN ROSENGARD: Yeah, I'd like to go to a library in Bali for a couple of weeks!
[the librarian walks off stage, then the screen displays a slide reading "Friends of the Library Book Bag Rain Kimono"]
STEVEN ROSENGARD: Alright, East meets West in this Asian-inspired creation ...
[a female librarian comes out wearing a coat made entirely of book bags, as the audience applauds]
STEVEN ROSENGARD: That's a good fun look, I might hafta snatch it ...
[the audience laughs, as the librarian walks off stage, then the screen displays a slide reading "Carry All and Stacks from the City Purse"]
STEVEN ROSENGARD: Picture books aren't just for kids, as these little purses show.
[two female librarians come out carrying handbags]
STEVEN ROSENGARD: Laminated pictures from discarded picture books have been artfully assembled to create these customizable and fashionable carry-alls.
[the audience applauds]
STEVEN ROSENGARD: Thank you ladies, very nice.
[they walk off stage, then the screen displays a slide reading "Fashionably Green Collection"]
STEVEN ROSENGARD: Now, you can use something good for the environment, and something good for yourself when you put on one of these recycled creations from the Chicago Public Library.
[a female librarian comes out wearing a white dress, as the audience applauds]
STEVEN ROSENGARD: You'll be ready to host the next neighborhood cookout in this apron and jewelry set, made from old printer receipt rolls!
[she walks offstage, then another female librarian comes out wearing a "see-through" apron made of plastic, as the audience applauds]
STEVEN ROSENGARD: And rain or shine, it's a bright idea to wear this custom-made sun visor created from an old mouse pad!
[she walks offstage, then a male librarian comes out wearing a sun visor and carrying a plastic book bag, as the audience applauds before he walks offstage]
STEVEN ROSENGARD: And lastly, you'll be pretty as a picture in this dress made from magazine images, plastic wrap, and some security tape as well!
[two female librarians come out wearing paper dresses and hats, as the audience applauds]
Book jacket met evening jacket. MARC records met Marc Jacobs. The library world met the fashion world on Thursday, 25 September at the ILA Annual Conference.
Conceived by 2008 ILA Annual Conference Program Committee member Maria Pontillas of the Glenview Public Library, the event was based on the popular Bravo Television series, Project Runway. Library staff members were encouraged to submit design proposals inspired by libraries and literature.
The program featured three categories of design: Library Inspired Casual Wear, In Style @ Your Library, and the Creative Reuse Collection. Thirty-six models walked the runway, displaying designs such as "Check Me Out Library Wear," "Reading Wrap," "Book Jackets," "Due Date Maternity Wear," "Charlotte the Webrarian," an entire "green" collection, and "A Dress for the Desk Set Cocktail Fete." The evening concluded with "And They Lived Happily Ever After" - a wedding dress fashioned out of romance novels.
Steven Rosengard, a contestant in Project Runway: Season 4, served as master of ceremonies for the evening. Born and raised in Chicago, Steven's path to fashion led him to Chicago's Columbia College for fashion design, but he left after only one year to travel abroad where fashion and fabric continued to captivate him in places such as France, England, and Italy. His contributions as a Textile Preparator at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry may be seen in exhibits such as the U-505 Submarine and Transportation Gallery. Rosengard is a rising star in Chicago's design community with his own label, Steven Rosengard Design.
At the conclusion of Style from the Stacks, ILA President Donna Dziedzic stated it best, "Like the designers on Project Runway --- Illinois libraries also face challenges. Shrinking budgets, growing workloads, inadequate staffing, changing technologies, and a demanding public challenge our libraries. But, as evident in the fashions displayed here tonight, our creativity, dedication, and resourcefulness prevail and, in the end, we always pull it together with style."
Photos of Style from the Stacks: Project Runway at ILA can be viewed at:
On September 23-26, 2008, RPLS staff members and member librarians attended the Illinois Library Association annual Conference at Navy Pier Chicago, IL. Here are some photos from the conference!
Style from the Stacks Style Show
"Check Me Out Library Wear"
"Date Due Maternity Wear"
"Book or Tee"
"Wear & Tell Dress"
"Library Cheat Skirt and Tie"
"Charlotte the Webrarian"
"Roaming Reference: Dewing It with Dewey and Dot"
"Monarch Colllage Tunic"
"A Northern Light Word Dedication"
"A Gardening Guide Come to Life"
"Storytime on the Go"
"Little Red Riding Hood"
"Celebrating Gone With the Wind"
"Beauty tips from the Lipstick Librarian"
"Book Bag Rain Kimono"
"Her Discarded Materials"
"ILDS 'Mail' Model"
"Newspaper Bag Knitted Shawl"
"Aurora's Light in the Darkness"
"Windy City Green A-Line"
"High-Fashion Low Tech"
"You've Come a Long Way Lady's Ensemble"
"Coins in the Fountain"
"Librarian's Day Dress"
"Book Cover & Canvas Bag Ensemble"
"CD-Rom Vest & Bag"
"Sex in the System"
"Read Green Live Green"
"Clear Evening Elegance"
"A Dress for the 'Desk Set' Cocktail Fete"
"And They Lived Happily Ever After"
The Lipstick Librarian's Beauty Tips 'n Helpful Hints
(Note: these hints are not to be taken seriously. Following some of these tips could be dangerous, or at the very least scare the bejeezus out of pets, family and unsuspecting patrons.)
* Love those new pastel, retro eyeshadows but can't afford the new millennium price tag? Mix 'n match using a rainbow assortment of highlighters! They come in those dazzling '60s shades! (WARNING: some colors can stain permanently.)
* Tired of answering those routine reference questions like "where's the bathroom?" Writing those answers on old conference badges then pinning them on strategic parts of your body saves hours of effort and frustration.
* Forgot to put on mascara this morning? Paint small Post-It notes black, cut into fringes and stick onto eyelids for that Liza Minelli/Cabaret look!
* Plastic bands that wrap around xerox-paper cartons make nifty conference badge or eyeglass frame holders.
* Feeling a little peaked in the afternoons? Give yourself a refreshing blast from one of those pressurized air cans used for dusting computer keyboards. (WARNING: do not confuse with WD-40 or clown air-horns.)
* Make a sleek (albeit weighty) carrying case with matching jewelry from all those demo computer disks and CD-ROMs from vendors. String together with magnetic strips and velo binding.
* Wadding the perforated-hole strips from the sides of computer print-out paper makes for an excellent exfoliating body scrubber.
* Catalogers' Secret: Cornhusk lotion makes an fast-acting facial mask as well as a wallpaper stripper and thickening agent for soups and stews.
* Want to perk up storytime when telling The Hobbit? Make chain-mail clothing out of paper-clips!
* Snag those padded envelopes from ILL--the rag-paper/lint stuffing makes a wonderful mud-pack!