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

hmmf.

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

library hedgehog

In case you need a little palate cleanser after that last post, here’s a picture of Quilliam, the hedgehog of the Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library.

hedgehog

Quilliam makes his home in the teen area of the Lee Road branch.

Thanks, Simona Mkrtschjan!

January 10, 2018 at 4:51 pm 1 comment

Melvil Dewey / Harvey Weinstein

modifiedgrid(Original grid, before my modification, from CNN; portrait of Dewey from the Library of Congress)

Goddammit. According to this article by Erin Blakemore, the inventor of the Dewey Decimal System benefited from a system he didn’t invent, the system of patriarchy, in the exact same way that Harvey Weinstein does. That is, he was a serial sexual harasser of women, taking advantage of his professional position to, well, take advantage of the women he met through that profession. “Shenanigans” isn’t a strong enough word to describe this behavior.

Thanks (or more like the opposite of thanks), David Weinstock.

January 10, 2018 at 4:40 pm Leave a comment

gingerbread cuneiform tablets!

Cuneiform Gingerbread Tablets from Tavola MediterraneaTurn to the ancient libraries for your holiday baking this year and try Farrell Monaco’s gingerbread cuneiform tablets.

Thanks, Andrea Krupp!

December 23, 2017 at 8:42 pm Leave a comment

streamer shenanigan

At some unknown library, during some sort of party for perhaps some sort of holiday, some unknown staffers figured out that they could run a streamer through the electrical outlet in the floor of one floor to the ceiling of the floor below.

But apparently they got in a little trouble for doing it and aren’t supposed to do it any more or tell anyone it can be done.

Thanks, anonymous person who told me about this and provided pics!

December 8, 2017 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment

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