Monday, April 14, 2014

National Library Week: April 13 – 19, 2014

"...according to the American Library Association, libraries are more used now than ever. And libraries are one of the few noncommercial, nonreligious institutions where people can gather. Libraries are evolving, and one of the things, in some ways, that happens is they're less about books, they're more about communities." — From NPR's interview with Robert Dawson

The photos are from Robert Dawson's book, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay. Over the last eighteen years, photographer Robert has crisscrossed the country documenting hundreds of libraries.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Jail Time for Unreturned Books???

Being jailed for absconding with library materials "is an uncommon occurrence, but can happen once in a while," said Mark Gould of the Chicago-based American Library Association.
Among the most notable library-related arrests came in 2011, when a man from Newton, Iowa, served more than a week in jail for failing to return 11 library books and six CDs worth $770.
Padilla said she saw a spike in returned overdue materials after the arrest.
"We did notice that some things that had been out for quite a while did suddenly come back," she said. Read more at

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

This Book Can Be Read Six Different Ways

Printed in the late 16th century this small book from the National Library of Sweden is an example of sixfold dos-à-dos binding, where six books are conjoined into a single publication but can be read individually with the help of six perfectly placed clasps. Post from Colossal