Monthly Archives: April 2019

A Secondhand Book Scheme To Emulate

An abandoned warehouse in southeastern Seoul, Korea has been transformed into the city’s first publicly supported secondhand bookstore mall. Although it faced sharp criticism, the project developed by the municipal government and main library, has been a resounding success. In … Continue reading

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Friday Funnies Again

 

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Just So Stories

Just So Stories for little children Rudyard Kipling London Macmillan and Co Limited First Edition September 1902 – Reprinted October 1902 I was never a big Kipling fan as a child, but I vividly remember this particular book from the … Continue reading

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NYC Bookwagons Are Coming Back

Starting this summer, the New York Public Library will be bringing books to residents of the Bronx, Staten Island, and Manhattan via a new fleet of brand new, strawberry red-colored vans. These new NYPL bookmobiles are designed to help communities … Continue reading

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Hey, It’s National Poetry Month

Just Beyond Yourself David Whyte Just beyond yourself. It’s where you need to be. Half a step into self-forgetting and the rest restored by what you’ll meet. There is a road always beckoning. When you see the two sides of … Continue reading

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The Library Project

Not long ago, I posted a story about British -Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare’s book art project at the Cleveland Library called The American Library Project. Now his companion project called The British Library  has found its way into Tate Modern’s … Continue reading

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History Repeats Itself

Karl Marx wrote that “history repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” This reprint from the St.Louis Dispatch September 9, 1923, should be a reminder of the farce playing itself out across the United States and Europe today.

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21st Century Libraries

Librarians from the historic California State Library in Sacramento created the cartoon-style infographic below to celebrate National Library week and to explore the many roles that libraries can play in the 21st century. Established in 1850, the California State Library … Continue reading

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Utrecht by the Book

Over the years, I’ve been very lucky to have visited Utrecht many times, I even had the opportunity to stay for a week about 20 years ago. Sadly, most foreign visitors to the Netherlands overlook this wonderful university city with … Continue reading

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A Bibliophile’s Treasure

In a story right out of a librarian’s dream, a previously unknown volume incorporating thousands of summaries of books from over five centuries ago, many of which no longer exist, has been found in  the University Copenhagen Library, where it … Continue reading

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