Tag Archives: British Library

The British Library Openly Shares Images from 17th, 18th & 19th Century


Image shared from the British Library’s Flickr photostream in the Children’s Book Illustration set.


The poem is a screen shot from the downloaded PDF of the entire book shared by the British Library.

“We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images to us, allowing us to release them back into the Public Domain. The images themselves cover a startling mix of subjects: There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that even we are not aware of.” British Library Digital Scholarship Blog: A Million First Steps


To download an image from Flickr:

  • Open the image by clicking on it from the photostream or set file
  • Find the three little dots at the bottom right of the image and click on it
  • Choose “View All Sizes” from the pop-up menu
  • Click on the file size you want to download
  • Click on “Download the (x) size of this photo”

To download a PDF of the book:

  • Starting from the image on Flickr, click on the link to the book.
  • Look to the right of the record and click on “(#)Related Resources”
  • Click on “Online(#)” in the left hand sidebar
  • Click on the title
  • Choose “Digital item; opens as an Adobe PDF file” and click “GO”
  • One file downloads (can take a while), save it to your computer
Image taken from page 129 of 'Songs for Little People. [With illustrations by H. Stratton.]'

Image taken from page 129 of ‘Songs for Little People. [With illustrations by H. Stratton.]’


Filed under Art & Design, Books, Authors & Illustrators, History of Books & Libraries, Poetry, Reading

Bookworm or “Bookie Monster”?

Insect Lore Europe

I used to have a little bookworm finger puppet just like the little guy on the left that I used in combination with the Mr. Wiggle books when talking to the kindergarteners about the library and book care. Kids would keep asking for our resident ‘Mr. Wiggle’ to talk to them right up to Grade 3.

Unfortunately, one day our own Mr. Wiggle went away. I don’t know where he went. He just disappeared and took his book with him. I guess he found someone that needed him more than we did.

This one is ONLY US$795.00!!!

I kept thinking that he might come back one day; that I would peek in the No, No Never pail where he used to sleep and he’d be there, safely tucked inside his book-home.

But no, that hasn’t happened so I’ve decided it’s time to search for a new bookworm friend to cheer the children and help them learn to love books as I do. The only exact replica (above) that I could find is a little pricy, especially since it would ship from the U.K., so I’ll have to find a distant cousin.

While I was looking however, I ran across a very interesting site that explained, with photos, all about ‘real’ bookworms.

Just what they do to books (and why)

… and what they Really look like

Check out The Bookie Monster: attack of the creepy crawlies! on the British Library’s Collection Care blog. It’s quite fascinating when you think of the problem in a historical context.

1 Comment

Filed under History of Books & Libraries, Library Management