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In July 2003, a new action figure, modelled on the Seattle Public Library's own Nancy Pearl, appeared on store shelves around America. Many librarians were up in arms after learning that the toy's range of motion was limited to a single movement: raising an index finger to its lips.

["The shushing motion really put me over the edge," complained Diane DuBois, public-library director in Caribou, Maine. "Why not have a librarian driving a Harley (wearing leather and lace) or a librarian skydiving or snowboarding or using a laptop computer?"]

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