This blog post is going to be an assortment of fun facts about libraries, books, and reading. I hope you learn something new from it!
- 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.