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Beyond spice: 5 witty library videos

Posted by Delia Cabe  July 21, 2010 04:36 PM

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The weather isn’t the only steamy happening this month. The hottest thing on YouTube is a parody of the Old Spice Guy’s shtick for libraries. Yes, libraries.

A little more than a week ago, a video produced by the aftershave’s marketing team debuted in response to a tweet from librarian Andy Woodworth (@wawoodworth) requesting that the Old Spice Guy aka Isaiah Mustafa speak up for libraries. (The Old Spice team has been making custom videos for fans using social media.) The video has had more than 200,000 views. Before you could finish whistling the “Old Spice” tune, a parody appeared on YouTube and went viral—with over 1.3 million views.

But wait, there's more for library fans. YouTube has a mother lode of library-related videos from comedy sketches to singing librarians. Here are my five faves:

Cookie Monster at the Circulation Desk

Tillman skateboards at the New York Public Library

Librarians Do Gaga

Insulting Librarian – Mitchell & Webb

Library Limbo: 1920’s style animation

In case you missed the Old Spice ones or want to watch them again:

Old Spice Guy speaks up for libraries

Parody of the Old Spice ad at the BYU Library

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Delia Cabe's work has appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine, Boston Magazine, Self, Prevention, Scientific American Presents, and other publications. In between posts, you can read Cabe's tweets at!/DeliaCabe, More »

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