I have never wanted to know why so bad in my entire life
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As someone who has been working in a public library since 1993…I can vouch that this pretty already happens in small doses…without the presence of Oreo cookies.
Esther Walls (b. 1926 in Mason City, IA) was a librarian and literacy advocate. Among other things, she served as director of the US Secretariat for International Book Year in 1972, worked at NYPL, and was associate director of libraries at SUNY Stony Brook for over a decade.
Her papers are part of the Iowa Women’s Archives at the University of Iowa Libraries, and you can find a bunch of digitized stuff in the Iowa Digital Library. (I recommend you look through the images — I had a hard time picking just one pic, because she was way photogenic.)
The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries
“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.” -Ray Bradbury
For centuries, books have housed the collective knowledge of the world and formed the foundations of educational institutions. Given that these objects that contain such value, it only makes sense that throughout history people have constructed beautiful buildings to house them.
We put together a list of some of the most beautiful libraries as captured by Instagrammers around the world. For more photos from these architectural wonders, check out their linked location pages below.
- Stuttgart City Library, Stuttgart, Germany
- Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland
- Library of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt
- Real Gabinete Português de Leitura, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
- The Royal Danish Library, Copenhagen, Denmark
- George Peabody Library, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
- Kanazawa Umimirai Library, Kanazawa City, Japan
- New York Public Library, New York City, NY
Love in the library, anyone? Just try to stay away from the overdue fines. From Sophie Blackall’s Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found, an illustrated compilation of the often evocative posts found in Craigslist’s “Missed Connections.” (via Brain Pickings)