mascots

Image credits: Oak Park Public Library, Poudre River Public Library District, and Princeton Public Library

Library cats are all the rage, at least according to Mental Floss, Flavorwire, and of course, the famous Dewey. But some libraries are going a step further with official library mascots to showcase the library during programs, outreach events, and around the community. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Colorado’s Poudre River Library District has a new mascot, Piercival—better known as Percy—the owl
  • Baxter, the Maine Coon Cat Library Mascot, Maine
  • Ernie the cat at Bealeton Library, Virginia
  • Curious the Chameleon at Calgary Public Library, Canada
  • Stacks the cat at Litchfield Public Library District, Illinois
  • Ralph and Mudge the gerbils at Oak Park Public Library, Illinois
  • Roary the lion at Princeton Public Library, New Jersey
  • Dewey the Dragon at Burbank Public Library, California
  • Buddy the Bookworm at North Las Vegas Public Library, Nevada
  • Ohio the Orangutan at Mansfield/Richland County Public Library, Ohio

There’s also a compilation of Unshelved comic strips, Library Mascot Cage Match, in case you’re wondering how your favorite mascot would fare in a fight.

Does your library have a mascot? How does your mascot help with programs and outreach? Tell us about it on Twitter!

Note: This post is part of our “Beyond Books” series. From time to time, we’ll be sharing examples of unique lending programs, events, and outreach that libraries are offering.