Monthly Archives: April 2017

Welcome to Whitman

It seems appropriate to wrap-up National Poetry Month this year with a nod to the beloved 19th century poet Walt Whitman. Welcome to Whitman, Alabama is a brilliant documentary that uses the poetry of Walt Whitman to explore life in the … Continue reading

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Some Random Island In The Pacific Ocean

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Independent Bookstore Day

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day    On Saturday, April 29 Join over 490 independent bookstores in 48 states for parties, author readings, in-store events, and exclusive day-of merchandise.  2017 Independent Bookstore Day marks its third year of celebrating independent bookstores nationwide on … Continue reading

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Not A Readymade, But Dada Enough For Me

New York City-based artist Benjamin Nordsmark’s piece titled ‘NYC Urinal’ is a timely homage to Marcel Duchamp on the centennial of his groundbreaking work ‘fountain’. Although the witty piece isn’t a Dada-esque Readymade, it certainly celebrates the sprit of the movement.

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Life Is Better With A Book

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Fiendish Librarian

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Blue Monday

h/t Michael Moon

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A Travel Guru To Follow

For more than three decades North American travelers have been getting advice on European tourism from a folksy, easy-going travel writer named Rick Steves. Over the years, Rick’s best-selling guidebooks and popular Public Television travelogues have encouraged millions of Americans … Continue reading

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Baghdad Books

Despite enormous obstacles—think bombs and bureaucracy—a 25 year-old Baghdad bibliophile has succeeded in launching both an indie bookshop and a bookmobile. Ali al-Moussawi has had a life-long passion for reading and books. With the help of friends and a like-minded … Continue reading

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Every Library Is A Winner

Every year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA) jointly recognize exceptional design in new library construction or renovation. Here are some of the marvelous winners of the 2017 Library Building Awards:

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