Monthly Archives: April 2016

Just Plane Etiquette

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We Still Love Our Libraries In North America

Last week, the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association announced the winners of the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards for 2016. To qualify, an institution had to display an innovative reinvention of traditional library design. Are the winners:

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Sign Language

Sometimes verbal communication fails us on our travels. A semi-disastrous trip through the Vietnamese countryside inspired three friend to create the Iconspeak clothing line. With 40 universal icons, their t-shirts, along some emphatic body language, should get you what you … Continue reading

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America’s Libraries

The American Library Association has released its annual Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books, which is included in the ALA’s yearly State of America’s Libraries Report. You can read the report in its entirety here. The Top Ten Most … Continue reading

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London Cheat Sheet

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Prague’s Other Library

Founded in 1722, the glorious Baroque Klementinum Library is often overlooked by bibliophiles visiting Prague. Every one heads for the magnificent Strahov Monastery Library—sometimes even walking right by the Klementinum on the way. Once you view the video below, you … Continue reading

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India to NYC

The engaging and moving film Sugarless Tea uses watercolor paintings and stop motion techniques to visualize a very personal story of a journey between rural India and Queens, New York. Created by painter Amanda Selvarajan and her husband filmmaker Sai … Continue reading

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Hop on the Book Train

This past January, the Book Train began regularly scheduled daily runs in Korea’s Gyeonggi-do Province outside of Seoul. One car of each train is lined with book shelves stocked with everything from children’s books and poetry to novels and contemporary … Continue reading

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Useful & Beautiful


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Self-Serving Sunday

What everyone should do today:

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