oh my gosh just look at this dress

incredibly-amazing-dresses-by-sylvie-facon-14-5a951abe55ee5__700just look at it

it’s by Sylvie Facon

thanks, Suzie DeGrasse

March 1, 2018 at 4:35 pm Leave a comment

who says libraries can’t have fireplaces?

fireplaceStudents at the Portland State University Library figured out a building-safe way to study by the fire. As librarian Joan Petit puts it: “The most adorable thing I’ve ever seen at work: students using the large-screen monitor for studying ambiance.” Thanks, Joan!

February 27, 2018 at 11:11 am Leave a comment

Weird Book Room


How did I not know about the Weird Book Room at abebooks.com until now? I definitely need a copy of Acrobat Hamster. I do NOT need a copy of Electricity in Gynecology, though.

Thanks, JoAnn Jacoby!

February 23, 2018 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment

spotlight on writers from “Sh*thole Countries”

shitholeSeveral libraries are doing this sort of thing in response to Trump’s idiotic and disturbing comment about U.S. immigrants, but I’m especially proud of the Winton Road Library in Rochester, NY, because I’m a Rochester girl through and through (just ayask my ayaccent).

Thanks, Jinny Spencer and Joan Petit!

January 30, 2018 at 1:32 pm Leave a comment

Ankara free library

180115201055-ankara-library---02-exlarge-169Garbage collectors in Ankara, Turkey set aside discarded books and started up a small library for their own use. With donations, it grew, and the library now has a full-time government-paid staff position.

Thanks, Dina Wood!

January 30, 2018 at 1:27 pm Leave a comment


http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cai.2a12029Erin Blakemore on women’s reading rooms and the problem of “library loafers.” Thanks, Dina Wood!

January 26, 2018 at 10:43 am Leave a comment

reflection adds books to room

reflected booksSometimes it’s the littlest shenanigans, even unintended ones, that can brighten up your day. A whiteboard was recently installed in the area outside Colorado College Special Collections, and now, when I look up from my desk, I see the reflection of the books on bookshelves behind me in the glass in front of that whiteboard, making it appear as if you could reach into the whiteboard and pull out a book made of pale fog.


January 25, 2018 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment

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