- There are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the United States.
- There are libraries around the world where you can check-out humans as a living book and listen to their stories. There are 150 such libraries around the world
- The Guinness Book of World Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from public libraries
- Haskell Free Library is built on the US/Canadian border. Exiting the library through the opposite entrance requires one to report to the country’s customs thereafter.
- A 124,500 square foot abandoned Walmart in McAllen, Texas, has been turned into the largest single-floor public library in the United States.
- The Oakland Library in California maintains a “tool lending library” of 3500 tools to lend out to the community.
- When asked what book he’d like to have with him on a desert island, G. K. Chesterton replied, ‘Thomas’s Guide to Practical Shipbuilding.’
- Author James Frazer had to move out of his room at Great Court, London because the floor was threatening to give way under the weight of his books.
- The Japanese word ‘tsundoku’ means ‘buying a load of books and then not getting round to reading them’.
- ‘Bibliosmia‘ is the enjoyment of the smell of old books.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Personal Library Kit
1) Dog Eared Books
2) The Book Borrower that Never Returns the BookThe key word is borrow. I'm letting you borrow my book, I'm not giving it to you. You can't keep it forever. I'm one of those people who will read books over and over, so eventually I will want to read my book again which is hard to do when I don't have it. If you like the book so much, buy your own copy.
3) The Over-The-Shoulder Reader
Trinity College Library - Dublin, Ireland
This library was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I. It's Long Room contains over 200,000 of the library's oldest books as well as busts of famous writers and one of the oldest harps in Ireland. The Trinity College Library is also home to The Book of Kells.
Bishan Public Library - Bishan, Singapore
Alexandria Library - Alexandria, Egypt
Jose Vasconcelos Library - Mexico City, Mexico
The Library of Congress
New York Public Library
Salt Lake City Main Branch
Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library
Monday, March 2, 2015
In a comfy chair
On a swing
Friday, February 20, 2015
I can’t remember any favorite books in particular for several years, but by the time 4th and 5th grade rolled around I was reading Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit. I can thank my older brother for introducing me to these books. I remember being bored out of my mind with nothing to read, so I decided to snoop through his room to see if I could find anything interesting. And I did. I started both series because I couldn’t find anything better to read, and I am glad I couldn’t. To this day, both series hold a special place in my heart.