Photographic Homage to U.S. Public Libraries

September 17, 2014

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This past spring, Princeton Architectural Press published The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson.

Brainpickings recently published a lengthy review by Maria Popova – lengthy partly because her review includes multiple samples of Dawson’s photos, like the one above.

The review includes links to the title at Amazon.com, which includes excerpts from other reviews  – all of them, like Popova’s, uniformly positive.

 

Found via a Facebook posting by Leslie Kahn (via Catherine Korvin)

 


Bookish Humor du Jour

August 11, 2014

Bookish humor graphic

Found at Random House’s “Book Humor” Pinterest Board


A Delightful Romp through Pinterest’s Bookish Boards

August 11, 2014

Girl at Bookshelf imageOver at the always-fabulous Book Riot, Becky Cole has assembled links to  (and helpfully described) 15 collections of bookish images created by bookloving users of the wildly popular – and image-collection site – and notorious time-sink – Pinterest. Readers of Becky’s post provide links to several additional bookish Pinteret collections.

Thank you, Becky, for steering your fellow booklovers toward many hours of pleasant wallowing in such photogenic bibliophilic pastures!

Found posted to Facebook by Eat Sleep Read

 

 


Intriguing Titles of 18th Century Novels

August 8, 2014

18th Century Novel Titles Graphic The website The Toast has posted a sampling of titles from novels published in the 1700s. The lengthy list is alphabetically arranged, so you’ll need to scroll down through it to find some of the best gems. (Personal fave: He’s Always in the Way.)

Also funny: some of the readers’ comments.

Enjoy!

Posted to Facebook by Mitch Gould


Bookish Graphic du Jour

July 24, 2014

Bookish graphic #45

A Belcastro Agency graphic posted to Facebook by The Goodwill Librarian


Bamboo Library Cards!

June 24, 2014

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The latest from the Department of Admirable Innovations (Public Library Division): converting from plastic library cards to cards made out of bamboo. Details.

I hope this idea catches on…but I also hope these cards are flexible enough for carrying around in one’s wallet.

Prediction: a library system finds a vendor who makes library cards out of hemp.


Bookish Graphic du Jour

June 4, 2014

Color Coded Library Graphic

Some readers’ suggested additional categories:

  • NEVER KNEW I HAD THIS BOOK
  • BORROWED FROM FRED
  • BORROWED FROM FORGOT WHO
  • UNRETURNED LIBRARY BOOKS
  • AUNT DIANA’S BOOK ON CHEMISTRY
  • DUPLICATE
  • THE THIRD VOLUME OF A LOST SERIES
  • PAID TOO MUCH FOR IT IN COLLEGE, BOOKSTORE WOULDN’T BUY IT BACK, AND FOR THE PRICE I PAID IT WILL SIT ON THIS SHELF TIL I DIE
  • READ IT AS A KID, HOPING MY KIDS WILL WANT TO READ IT SOMEDAY
  • KNOW I’M SUPPOSED TO READ, BUT CAN’T GET MOTIVATED

Re-posted to Facebook by (among others) Atlanta-based retired librarian Karen Skellie


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