Tag Archives: Libraries

Ageless Wisdom, Strength and Beauty


Quotes and images combined by Daniel Dalton.
Via Buzzfeed, where you can see 25 more.

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Admont Abbey Monastery Library, Austria

Admont Abbey Monastery Library

Photos by Jorge Royan via Twisted Sifter, where there is a beautiful gallery with descriptions.

“Admont Abbey is a Benedictine monastery located on the Enns River in the town of Admont, Austria. It is the oldest remaining monastery in Styria and contains the largest monastic library in the world. The abbey is known for its Baroque architecture, art, and manuscripts. [Wikipedia]”


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Author’s Impassioned Plea for Citizen Action on Libraries & Reading

The following are exerpts from an edited version of Neil Gaiman‘s lecture for the Reading Agency, delivered on Monday October 14 at the Barbican in London. “Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming: A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens.”

Read the full text at The Guardian.

Neil Gaiman

“Fiction has two uses. Firstly, it’s a gateway drug to reading. The drive to know what happens next, to want to turn the page, the need to keep going, even if it’s hard, because someone’s in trouble and you have to know how it’s all going to end … that’s a very real drive…

“Well-meaning adults can easily destroy a child’s love of reading: stop them reading what they enjoy, or give them worthy-but-dull books that you like, the 21st-century equivalents of Victorian “improving” literature. You’ll wind up with a generation convinced that reading is uncool and worse, unpleasant…

“And the second thing fiction does is to build empathy. When you watch TV or see a film, you are looking at things happening to other people. Prose fiction is something you build up from 26 letters and a handful of punctuation marks, and you, and you alone, using your imagination, create a world and people it and look out through other eyes. You get to feel things, visit places and worlds you would never otherwise know. You learn that everyone else out there is a me, as well. You’re being someone else, and when you return to your own world, you’re going to be slightly changed…

“…our children and our grandchildren are less literate and less numerate than we are. They are less able to navigate the world, to understand it to solve problems. They can be more easily lied to and misled, will be less able to change the world in which they find themselves, be less employable…

“We all – adults and children, writers and readers – have an obligation to daydream. We have an obligation to imagine….”

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The Great Thing About A Library…


…or school.

Via Young Alberta Book Society on Facebook

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Libraries vs Google: Libraries Win This One



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1971 Library Advocacy – Celebrities’ Handwritten and Typewritten Letters of Support

In 1971, Marguerite Hart, the children’s librarian at Troy, Michigan’s Public Library wrote to dozens of celebrities. She asked them to help celebrate the library with a letter of support to the children of the city.

Below are a few of my favourites from the 97 responses she received. Clicking on them will open larger images that are easier to read and if you go to the library’s history page you can read more of the story and see the rest of the letters as images or PDFs.

Via 22 Words


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Library Live and On Tour!

Click to read all about it.

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Twilight Sparkle as Librarian ~ A Potential Self-Evaluation Guide

In a post at Neatorama, Texas librarian John Farrier writes a thorough evaluation of Twilight Sparkle’s skills and shortcomings as librarian. He finds in her actions in one particular episode of My Little Pony “a great metaphor for the value of libraries and librarians in an information age”, and goes on to assess her effectiveness as a librarian. Organization, reference services, staff management, collection development and management, and outreach are all scrutinized with examples and recommendations. Twilight Sparkle, the article concludes, shines in the most important area of librarianship and has good potential to improve her performance in other areas with a little professional development.

Read: A Professional Assessment of Twilight Sparkle as Librarian. How do you compare?

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Sunday: e-Book News and Some Online Literature Portals

Andrew Zack explains the process and costs of eBooks in Making E-books Is Harder Than It Looks.

Espresso-machine eBooks – The Antidote to e-Books

Everything in moderation: Enhanced ebooks are bad for children finds American study

Pew Poll shows 62 percent of American readers didn’t know if their library had e-books for lending. That and other survey stats at Most U.S. readers unaware of e-books at libraries: poll.

Ottawa’s Public Library has offered e-Books since 2010 and demand has skyrocketed although they still tackles challenges: Despite technical issues, e-books a best seller for library

After a pilot project, all 17 branches of the Edmonton Public Library will be lending e-readers to their patrons: Library Opens New Chapter With e-Readers. (I wonder which ones they bought?)

Read Books Online seems to be a fairly decent portal to the world of electronic literature delivery.

A very extensive indexed list of sources for online books can be found at The Online Books Page.

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Friday Funny, or at least delightful enough to raise a smile…

Miss Cellania has a collection of library cats. Here are a few of my favourites. Read all about them and see more by clicking on any of the images below, or on the previous link.

I wonder how much more rare this is than it used to be. What with allergies and all, we can no longer have any animals in our school. Is it like that all over?

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