Warren librarian has the world record squirrel group – Macomb Daily

What became a Guinness World Records collection of 3,399 squirrel-related items began in 1981 with a small Sandicast squirrel figurine.

“I had some gift money saving up for a special and ended up buying a squirrel figure,” said Holly Judy, a Troy resident and Warren librarian. “Then my mom gave me a shirt and a necklace, and from there, it kind of turned into a set.”

In October 2021, the huge Goudie collection was recognized as the largest of its kind in the Guinness Book of Records. The previous record was 1,100, and this group consisted mostly of statues. Goudie has books, socks, cards, jewelry, umbrellas, ornaments, figurines, hand towels, bed sheets, mugs and just about anything else you can imagine in her precious collection.

“At this point, I’m really trying to add things that are more usable and practical,” said Judy. “I just got a squirrel umbrella, for example, and perhaps one of the most unique is Jonathan Adler’s brass shoe horn. It has a long handle and looks like a piece of art, but I use it every day.”

Books about squirrels form a large part of the Goudie Collection. (photo provided)

Being a librarian, it comes as no surprise that Goudie has over 200 squirrel books in her collection. She spent 37 years as a school librarian in Romeo and now works part-time at the Warren Civic Center Library, so books are near and dear to her.

She has a squirrel decoration for every holiday, a Polish pottery squirrel, and she’s collected pieces from all over the world. During a trip to Rome, one of the other people on the trip who was aware of her love for squirrels discovered something in a convenience store that she knew Judy wanted.

“It took three trips to the store to get it because it was closed the first time I tried to go and buy it,” Jody said. “I was finally able to get it right before we left.”

In the early days of building squirrel inventory, items were difficult for Goudie to find. But in recent years with online shopping and places like Etsy that specialize in handmade items, it’s been easier to spot squirrel-related pieces.

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