May 20, 2022

World Series 2014: “‘Polite’ Librarians in San Francisco, Kansas City Talk World Series Smack on Twitter”

Even though the following article from NBC Bay Area reinforces a librarian stereotype we’re going to let it slide since the article itself reports on a home run of World Series pregame fun between the the librarians at the public libraries in Kansas City and San Francisco.

It’s likely that the Twitter accounts from each library will be busy with more of what’s reported below as the series moves to game two and beyond. We’re looking forward to it!

From NBC Bay Area:

You know things are getting intense when public librarians start talking smack about the World Series.

In a series of back-and-forth tweets, the city librarians in San Francisco and Kansas City began taunting each other – with book titles, of course – over which team is going to win Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday, the Giants or the Royals.


“We’re polite but fierce!” the San Francisco library tweeted. “Get ready to cry some blue tears for @Royals when @SFGiants take the win tonight.”

Michelle Jeffers, the social media guru for the San Francisco library and the mastermind of the tweets, had an obvious answer for why she was dissing the Kansas City library 1,500 miles away.


“Well, they started it,” she said with a laugh.

In fact, they did. At 11 a.m., the Kansas City Public Library, tweeted: “Hey @SFPublicLibrary we have a book for you!” The link showed this title: “So, You Think You Know Baseball? A Fan’s Guide to the Official Rules,” by Peter E. Meltzer.

See More Highlights From The Twitter Exchange in the Full Text Article

UPDATE: Wow, even more coverage! This time from ESPN.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.