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Tell a Story: Bringing literature to the tourists August 19, 2013 – Posted in: books, mobile libraries

If you happen to be visiting Lisbon any time soon you might run into this blue book van at one of the cities main attractions. The project is called Tell a Story and was created by the Portuguese advertising agency MSTF Partners. The goal is to expose visitors to a wide array of Portuguese literature in translation, in other words, to tourists that do not speak Portuguese. What visitor to Portugal wouldn’t benefit from a little José Saramago, Fernando Pessoa,…

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The Evolution of the Little Free Library August 12, 2013 – Posted in: Libraries, Library Architecture, Uncategorized

The Little Free Library movement has been evolving pretty rapidly. Their mantra is simple – “Take a Book, Return a Book.” When the movement began in 2009 most libraries looked like nothing more than an extra-large painted birdhouse or mailbox. Currently over 10,000 little free libraries grace the land and these days some pretty amazing ones are popping up all over the country. Current map of Little Free Libraries in North America In New York City,…

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McSweeney’s is moving to Texas July 31, 2013 – Posted in: Libraries, Special Collections

not really, but their archive is. The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas (HRC) has acquired the archive of McSweeneys. Founded in 1998 by Dave Eggers, McSweeney’s is easily one of the most influential literary journals and publishing houses of our generation. Aside from the stellar content McSweeney’s also boasts some of the highest production and design chops in the trade. This holistic approach to the book has separated them from much of the…

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“X” marks the spot for latest Rem Koolhaas library July 18, 2013 – Posted in: Libraries, Library Architecture

Building on the phenomenal success of the Central Branch of the Seattle Public Library and the recent news that they will design the Qatar National Library Rem Koolhaas and his team at OMA now set their sites on the BMVR (Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale) Library in northern France. Shaped as an “X”, with each of the four wings facing toward one of the city’s four landmarks. The library’s 150,000 volumes will be distributed  to one of the…

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Living with and sharing 35,000 books June 13, 2013 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, Private Libraries, Special Collections

 The Johnson family has been collecting and accumulating books since the late 19th century.  In 1899 the first family library was built by Thomas Moore Johnson (1851-1919) to house his 8,000 books. It is little wonder that with a library of that size he was known as the “sage of the Osage” (the house and library were built on the Osage River).   Now there are two family libraries and 35,000 books. The three generations of Johnsons…

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