Posts filed under ‘private libraries’

Wiry Limbs, Paper Backs — Terry Border

rosemarysbabyTerry Border (“humorist, photographer, earthling”) takes old paperback books and turns them into anthropomorphic representations of the stories in the books. This is more of a book shenanigan than a library shenanigan, but you know we don’t stand on ceremony here at Library Shenanigans. I particularly enjoyed seeing the very paperback editions I read, the ones that seem right, for several books — it was like seeing old friends. Are there books you prefer to read in particular editions? I’ve heard that as soon as you have two editions of the same title in your house, you are not just a reader but a collector. By that definition I think most readers are probably collectors.

Thanks, io9!

February 8, 2014 at 10:42 am Leave a comment

cake in the library?!

cake-1The Huntington Library in San Marino, CA has decided to attempt to preserve two pieces of wedding cake found in the papers of Edwin Carpenter. The pieces date from 1876 and 1915 and have “little research value.” Nevertheless, the staff have found themselves reluctant to discard cake. (I’m with ya, Huntington Library.) Thanks, Steve Fisher!

August 25, 2013 at 12:05 pm 1 comment

Dick Cheney Vice Presidential Library

cheney” ‘Now I must go and search for food and moisture,’ continued Luddom, moments before being devoured by a swarm of ravenous bats.”

Thanks, Amy Augusen!

May 3, 2013 at 9:23 am Leave a comment

Hernando Guanlao’s private public library

Hernando Guanlao has been running his own version of a public library for twelve years in Manila. The library has grown from about a hundred books to a few thousand. From the article: “The idea is simple. Readers can take as many books as they want, for as long as they want – even permanently. As Guanlao says: ‘The only rule is that there are no rules.'”

Thanks, Dina Wood!

September 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm 2 comments

The Joy of Books

More of a bookstore shenanigan than a library shenanigan. Perpetrated by … the books themselves! Thanks, Amy Brooks and others.

January 18, 2012 at 11:42 pm Leave a comment

The Joy of Dullness: collection of boring book covers has put together a nice collection of boring book covers for the amusement of all. Thanks, BoingBoing!

July 26, 2011 at 4:23 pm Leave a comment

Electronic Home Library (1959)

Here’s a vision of an “electronic home library” from a 1959 newspaper. Note the projection of text onto the ceiling. Thanks, BoingBoing and Paleo-Future!

August 30, 2010 at 9:39 pm Leave a comment

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