Isn’t the cover picture the coolest? FB was busy spying and noticed my interest in libraries, etc. Naturally, this popped up in my feed, looks very Harry Potterish, don’t you think? It is the Book Reimagined art display in Leadenhall Market, London. I haven’t been able to find this photo to credit the photographer or the artist who design the display.
Let’s consider this a public service announcement – well to a point it is. I mentioned in my Blogiversary post I was going to try to add new things, to spice up the blog, welp this is my first effort. I’ve always been fond of libraries. I love the smell of libraries (you should have seen me at the state archives). How does one associate libraries with fountain pens – let’s play Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.
Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon
The object is to associate fountain pens with libraries while connecting both with Kevin Bacon. Simple enough, let’s play.
The Free Library of Philadelphia (which I have not visited), is the subject of newspaper articles written by Bobbi Booker. Ms. Booker is the president of the Pen & Pencil Club and has interviewed Kevin Bacon. Kevin Bacon was cast to play “Arnie” in the movie Carrie (based on the Stephen King novel of the same name) but he backed out. Stephen King and fellow authors Salman Rushdie, Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Christopher Paolini, Haruki Murakami all write novels using fountain pens. Their novels can be found in libraries. That was fun, don’t you think!
National Library Week
Studies found that by the mid-1950s, Americans were spending the majority of their free time listening to the radio, watching TV, and playing musical instruments. Concerned that people were not reading enough, the American Library Association agreed to sponsor the first National Library Week in 1958. The week-long event was developed with the intent of motivating people to read as well as to support and show appreciation for their local libraries. The 1958 inaugural theme was ‘‘Wake up and Read!’’
The theme for the National Library Week 2022, is “Connect with Your Library.” Dust off that old library card, time for browsing.
If I haven’t lost you yet, National Library Week runs from April 3 to 9. I challenge you to dash into your local library and borrow your favorite book or find a new favorite. I’ve spent endless hours in libraries, studying for exams, researching, borrowing books, and going through free magazines, newspapers, and journals.
I intended to end this with some amazing, breathtaking photos of libraries from around the world. If I were to visit any of these libraries I doubt I could read a single word. As I do not want to open myself up to copyright infringement by posting photos, I’ll provide links. Wait, if I make collages…. From the top left to the bottom right.
- George Peabody Library, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
- Library of Congress, Ottawa
- Library of Congress, Washington, DC
- Abbey Library of St. Gall, St. Gallen, Switzerland
- Library of El Escorial, San Lorenzo El Escorial, Spain
- Klementium Library, Prague
- Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver
- Admont Abbey Library, Austria
- Long Room, Trinity College Library, Dublin
- Stuttgart City Library, Stuttgart, Germany
- Rose Main Reading Room, New York Public Library
- Royal Portuguese Reading Room, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
What book(s) did you check out at the library? What did you think of those libraries? Does anyone have other drop-dead library recommendations?
- Galerie Magazine, Worlds Most Beautiful Libraries