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Brenna Clarke Gray

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Part muppet and part college faculty member, Brenna Clarke Gray holds a PhD in Canadian Literature while simultaneously holding two cats named Chaucer and Swift. It's a juggling act. Raised in small-town Ontario, Brenna has since been transported by school to the Atlantic provinces and by work to the Vancouver area, where she now lives with her stylish cyclist/webgeek husband and the aforementioned cats. When not posing by day as a forserious academic, she can be found painting her nails and watching Degrassi (through the critical lens of awesomeness). She posts about graphic narratives at Graphixia, and occasionally she remembers to update her own blog, Not That Kind of Doctor. Blog: Not That Kind of Doctor Twitter: @brennacgray

I spent Easter weekend at NorWesCon in Seattle, where I was introduced to the fantastic folk-snark duo of The Doubleclicks of Portland, Oregon. Their music was geeky and funny and sweet and sing-along-able, and I liked them very much. And then they sang their song, “Oh, Mr. Darcy,” and I didn’t like them anymore — I loved them.

If a boy treats you with tasteful indifference 
If he is handsome, but bristly and cold 
Don’t be intrigued just because he’s ignoring you 
Not every asshole has a heart of gold 

Oh, oh, oh, Mr. Darcy 
Oh, oh, oh, Colin Firth 
You wily old bastard, you wonderful specimen 
You’ve messed up the hearts of young girls ’round the earth


Right? How much did you love that?

So that got me thinking about my musical kryptonite: musical comedy about books. Admit it, you are similarly afflicted. So I spent a few days watching videos of funny bookish songs and discovered a deeper layer: the librarian parody video.

Generally, these videos are by librarians or reading associations, and they parody popular songs to make them about reading. I cannot stop watching these videos. I suspect many Book Riot readers will find themselves equally charmed by this musical YouTube genre I didn’t even know existed. Did you know it existed? Did I miss some awesome ones? Share them in the comments.

You guys. These are amazing.

New York State Reading Association’s “Read It Maybe.” (They also nail Adele with “If You Love to Read.”)


Dowell Middle School does “I Like Big Books” in basically the most adorable video ever.


Mooresville Public Library gives us “Go Ask Reference,” which is an acid-trip of a song about getting research help.


University of Washington’s Information School takes on Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.”


The Central Rappahannock Regional Library says “Libraries Will Survive” in the face of budget cuts.


Please give me more. I love them.


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