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towel-related literature

I love when libraries put together oddball mini-exhibitions on obscure topics. (I guess that’s no surprise coming from the person who brought you mini-exhibitions on 19th Century Beards, Different Kinds of Paperclips, and Composition Books.) The Cambridge University Library currently has a display of their towel-related holdings in honor of Towel Day, May 25, celebrating Douglas Adams and his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. Possibly my favorite sentence in the article: “The bibliography of towels is, in fact, remarkably limited.” Thanks, Lynne M. Thomas!

May 25, 2016 at 3:44 pm 1 comment

library fashion show

The New Hanover County Public Library in North Carolina held a contest in 2015 for clothing and accessories made from discarded library books and cassette tapes. You can view the runway show above and the full details here. You’re too late to sign up for the 2016 contest, but perhaps they’ll do it again next year. Thanks, Tom Lovell!

May 23, 2016 at 11:33 am Leave a comment

Le Boudoir in Brooklyn

To get into Le Boudoir, the cocktail bar of Chez Moi in Brooklyn Heights, you enter a “secret passage” via a bookshelf door. The door is, they say, a replica of a bookshelf in Marie Antoinette’s library, though the books upon it cannot be books she read — they are all in English, and published long after her death. Thanks, Brooklyn Blowback!

April 20, 2016 at 11:32 am Leave a comment

subway libraries

wide-shot-subway-libraryI recently learned of several projects involving reading on subways.

In the United States in 2016, a Miami-based ad company created an “underground library” on New York City subways, providing excerpts from ebooks and encouraging the use of the New York Public Library. Here’s a brief video about the project. Swipe for a free read!

Perhaps the company was inspired by something similar in 2013 in Romania : accessible ebooks on the walls of the Piata Victoriei subway station in Bucharest.

Also in 2013, a London “creative” organized a project she calls Books on the Underground, leaving books (regular books, not ebooks) all over the stations and trains. She documents the project here.


April 6, 2016 at 4:18 pm Leave a comment

library shenanigans, 1893-style

Craig Conley of oneletterwords sends me these images from the 1893 issue of Cassell’s Family Magazine:


March 10, 2016 at 1:55 pm Leave a comment

library bars


Click the image to read about eight library bars, or bar libraries, in the U.S. and England. I wonder if anyone ever reads any of the books. Probably not in the bar pictured here, since it doesn’t look like the books are removable. Thanks, Kathleen Kirk!

Addendum, February 19: more library bars in London here. Thanks, Diane Westerfield!

February 18, 2016 at 4:11 pm Leave a comment

books from the donation bin


“Weird Eddie” keeps track of unusual books donated to his library here.

I might try to make this:


Thanks, Suzie DeGrasse!

February 1, 2016 at 11:06 am 1 comment

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