August 28, 2014

bookpatrol:

Minnesota: Land of 10,000 lakes and 1 floating library

There are lakes everywhere in Minnesota and now one of them has a floating library.

Thanks to Sarah Peters the contraption above is open for business on Cedar Lake in Minneapolis. Designed by Molly Reichert the 8 foot structure will hold upwards of 80 books for water travelers to peruse and check out.

Canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, rowboats, or even inner tubes are invited to paddle up to the Library and browse the shelves from inside their watercraft. The library has both circulating and reference collections of artists’ books contributed by artists nationwide. A staff of friendly floating librarians facilitate the check out process and make reading suggestions

There are even drop off boxes on the shore to return the books.

About the project, Peters told the Minneapolis Star Tribune “Art books are not a widely known art form..And so there’s an element of delight and surprise. First of all, canoeing along and coming across a library. And then having it stocked with books that are totally unique. It’s like this double whammy of inventiveness. It can expand people’s ideas of what art is.”

True enough but it could also ruin a lot of those unique books. Granted one cannot enter the library but the confluence of books and water rarely ends well.

Perhaps a shore-based library by the landing dock could have achieved the goal of exposing people to the pleasures of book arts and artists books without  the high risk. But then again maybe the reward is in the risk.

Story at the Star Tribune: The land of 10,000 lakes now has a floating library 

Floating Library website

Flickr set of the Floating Library, 2013

h/t Shelf Awareness

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August 26, 2014
americanlibraryassoc:

Get some Chipotle noms for a good cause! dcpubliclibrary

americanlibraryassoc:

Get some Chipotle noms for a good cause! dcpubliclibrary

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August 26, 2014

We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, ‘You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise you will threaten the man.’ Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support. But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors – not for jobs or for accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.

We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, ‘You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise you will threaten the man.’ Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support. But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors – not for jobs or for accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.

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August 25, 2014

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August 21, 2014

dynastylnoire:

lovelyandbrown:

mylifeinthelibrary:

It really warms my heart to see the library looking out for its community in the light of everything happening in Ferguson.

(Source 1, 2)

EDIT: Be sure to follow Ferguson Library on twitter.

!!!

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOST

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August 18, 2014
Fall internships

smithsonianlibraries:

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Know anyone with some free time this Fall, who’s interested in gaining experience working in Museums, Libraries, or both? Well look no further…

Fall internship projects include:

  • Improving access to the Vertical Files in our Art Libraries
  • Processing collections in the Vine Deloria, Jr. Library, National Museum of the American Indian
  • Building a Stewardship Program for the Smithsonian Libraries’ Gift-in-Kind Donors with our Advancement team
  • Graphic Design for exhibits and publications

Although most are unpaid learning experiences, they are part time and have flexible hours. We are also happy to work with a student’s college or university to help them obtain credit. Many projects have the potential to be used as practicum experiences.

—> Applications are due August 22nd.

Selections will be made by September 1st, with flexible start dates around mid to late September. Please visit our website for additional information for each project: http://library.si.edu/fall-2014-internship-projects

August 18, 2014

Dearest Cecilia, the story can resume. The one I had been planning on that evening walk. I can become again the man who once crossed the surrey park at dusk, in my best suit, swaggering on the promise of life. The man who, with the clarity of passion, made love to you in the library. The story can resume. I will return. Find you, love you, marry you and live without shame.

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August 14, 2014

nprbooks:

Images via the University of Colorado, Boulder

This is so cool! The Tactile Picture Books Project at the University of Colorado, Boulder is producing 3-D printed picture books for blind children. "Our focus is really looking at children who are in the stages of emergent literacy … and how can parents help create an experience to help children understand that books contain knowledge and develop a comfort with feeling books and feeling the environment," says researcher Abigail Stangl.

Read the whole story here.

August 14, 2014

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August 14, 2014

koercion:

A Washington Post reporter.

In America.

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August 13, 2014
wiscohisto:

The Quick Lunch Cafe, Madison, Wisconsin, 1900-1910.
via: UW-Madison Archives by way of University of Wisconsin Digital Collections

wiscohisto:

The Quick Lunch Cafe, Madison, Wisconsin, 1900-1910.

via: UW-Madison Archives by way of University of Wisconsin Digital Collections

August 12, 2014
"Has she tact?
Has she enthusiasm?
Has she method and system?
Is she punctual?
Is she neat?
Is she kind?
Is she a good disciplinarian?
Is she sympathetic?
Is she quick?
Is she willing to wear rubber heels?
Is she a good worker?
Is she accurate?
Has she a pleasing personality?
Has she a sense of responsibility?
Is she patient?
Is she courteous?
Has she self control?
Is she cheerful?
Has she a knowledge of books?
Are her vibrations pleasant?
Has she executive ability?
Can she speak French, German, Spanish, Italian, Yiddish?
Has she social qualifications?
Can she keep a petty cash account?
What are her faults?"

— Can she library? via Unpleasant Vibrators Need Not Apply (via thelifeguardlibrarian)

August 12, 2014
Every guy ever: You're a sexy librarian. You must just sit and read all the time. Haha what an easy job. Libraries still have books, right? I haven't been in a library since 1932.
August 12, 2014

wilsonlibunc:

"O Captain! my Captain!" 

Wilson Library staff members take a moment to honor Robin Williams’s life and to remember his time in the Grand Reading Room, during the filming of Patch Adams.  

Image Two: The Filming of the Motion Picture Patch Adams, 2 June 1998, in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library Photographic Services Photographs #P0087, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives.

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August 12, 2014

jetblaksuit:

I only came back online to tell y’all that the Dungeons and Dragons audiobook narrated by Ice-T is out. And available for free. www.audible.com/d&d

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