Bookish Quote du Jour

February 24, 2015

“The existence of public libraries was kept from me as long as possible (the knowledge would, it was thought, interfere with my studies), but when the secret broke at last, I rapidly became what in those days was an especially irritating kind of borrower, who brought back in the evening the books he had borrowed in the morning and read in the afternoon….Such was my first experience of the addictive excitement a large open-access public library generates: the sense of imminent discovery, the impulse to start on twenty books at once.”

Source: Philip Larkin, “Shelving the Issue,” The New Statesman (1977); reprinted in Further Requirements: Interviews, Broadcasts, Statements and Book Reviews, 1952-85 (2001); quoted by Patrick Krup in his blog Anecdotal Evidence (February 19, 2015).


Photographic Homage to U.S. Public Libraries

September 17, 2014


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, 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)


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



Bamboo Library Cards!

June 24, 2014


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.

Americans Love Their Libraries!

December 14, 2013


But then you knew that.

Read the poll results described in a recent issue of The Atlantic.

Submitted by Atlanta-based library lover Franklin Abbott

Factoids about Today’s Librarians

June 28, 2013

Here’s one of’s credit-unattributed graphics (brought to the attention of The Atlanta Booklover’s Blog by Virginia-based retired librarian Steve Murden) .

Try to ignore the unnecessary apostrophe glaring out at us from that light-gray circle near the top of the graphic….


January 25, 2013

A painting on the upper floors of La Bibliotèque De La Cité (Library of the City) in Lyon, France.

Found at Book Patrol