The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) at the University of Reading found a dead mouse in its 155-year-old “perpetual mouse trap.” Rest in peace, little mouse. Your deed shall live forever in the records of the museum. Thanks, Lynne M. Thomas!
“Weird Eddie” keeps track of unusual books donated to his library here.
I might try to make this:
Thanks, Suzie DeGrasse!
The Bodleian Library at Oxford University has released a digital coloring book of images from their collections! Apparently, it’s a trend — the Wangensteen Historical Library at the University of Minnesota is doing something similar, as are many libraries. Thanks, Lynne Marie Thomas and Marianne Aldrich!
This map has been showing up all over Facebook and Twitter this week. I’m not sure who originally created it, but the earliest example I can find is a Facebook post from Peace Hill Press in Virginia. It’s also been shared by the Prince William Library and the Central Rappahannock Regional Library in Virginia and by Riverhead Books in New York.
My friend Noah saw this Japanese film offered as an option for viewing on an international flight. The plot summary: “In a dystopian near future, a special police force protects libraries … A mission to safeguard a special book is actually a devious trap.” According to Noah, who saw bits of it over the shoulder of a fellow passenger, the film “looked to be one non-stop gun battle.” It’s based on a book series by Hiro Arikawa, Toshokan Sensō (図書館戦争), which has also been adapted for manga, television, and radio. Thanks, Noah Sobe!