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The Morgan Library & Museum in New York

29 Apr



In 1902 American financier Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) chose architect Charles Follen McKim (1847–1909) of the prominent firm McKim, Mead and White to design a library to house his growing collection of rare books and manuscripts. Adjacent to Morgan’s home, which stood on the corner of Madison Avenue and 36th Street, McKim created a majestic structure in a classical style based upon villas of the Italian Renaissance. The exterior is constructed of Tennessee pink marble, the blocks set with such precision that virtually no mortar was used. A simple recessed portico is flanked by a pair of stone lionesses. Completed in 1906, Mr. Morgan’s Library—as it was called for many years—is the historic heart of today’s Morgan Library & Museum.



Library Rules

15 Apr

From the Nottingham Post, 1930via

Fun with Books

3 Apr

Something about this picture makes me smile.


Home Library

27 Mar


Library of Congress

11 Mar

The Library of Congress contains approximately 838 miles of bookshelves—long enough to stretch from Houston to Chicago.


The Eye in Binhai – Library in China

30 Jan

“…the incredible structure has a giant spherical auditorium in the middle that looks just like a giant eye.

Located in the Binhai Cultural District In Tianjin, the five-story library, which was designed by Dutch design firm MVRDV in collaboration with the Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute (TUPDI) and has since been dubbed “The Eye of Binhai”, covers 34,000 square meters and can hold up to 1.2 million books…

… most of these futuristic-looking floor to ceiling shelves are painted to look like they’re full of books, but in reality, much of the covers in the hall are printed images. The real books are stored in other rooms in the building.”

It still looks amazing.


The complete article and a video are located here.

Home Library

22 Oct

A home library with beams, a loft, and a secret door! House & Garden Magazine, UK


Fairy Dust

1 Jun

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7 Tips for an Awesome Home Library

24 May

Posted on May 18, 2013

girl reading clip artCreating a home library for your child says, “Reading is important.”   A home library is one of the critical tools parents can use to grow their child academically.  Here are 7 suggestions to help develop an encouraging, warm, and relaxing reading space…or two: 

1.  The right spot.  Your home library doesn’t have to take up tons of square footage.   Consider two low and sturdy bookshelves in the corner of a high traffic area of your home.  If your child’s library is in their bedroom, but they spend most of the day downstairs, they are not as likely to read independently or reap the benefits of having a home library.

2.  An inviting space.  The area should be well-lit, soft, and cozy.  This might be achieved with a high pile rug, large pillows, or a bean bag.

3.  Size matters.   Again and again, research reports that the size of a child’s home library has a substantial effect on educational achievement.  500 plus books is a great target.  By shopping smart, a home library can grow quickly.  Most libraries have a space where they sell donated books for .25 cents to a dollar.  At yard sales, offer to buy the entire box for a negotiated cheaper price.   Make it as much of a family tradition to receive books on birthdays and holiday as well as, or in lieu of, toys.  Swap with other parents, cousins, and neighbors.  Care for, and repair books by taping ripped pages and bindings.

4.  Age appropriate books
.  Your child may be discouraged from playing in their home library if the book levels are too difficult for them.  Consider the age of your child.  If they are still in the destructive phase, place picture books on higher shelves to read with parent supervision.  Double the amount of board books available.  Conversely, if your child has outgrown board books, make sure they have some fresh  “big kid” options.  This is especially true for children’s Bibles, where concepts can be abstract.  For younger children try a Bible with lift flaps or sliding tabs.

5.  Child’s interests
. Allow your child’s interests to play a role in your home library.  There certainly are several kid classics that would be ideal for every child to own.  Titles like, “The Little Engine that Could”, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear”, and “The Carrot Seed” come to mind.  However, it’s also a strong tactic to include several books relating to your child’s hot topic of the month.  This can be achieved at your local library.  For example, if your child is really into “pirates” at the moment, go to the library and checkout as many pirate books as you can.  You might choose the child’s favorite as one to buy used on eBay or Amazon as a permanent addition to their library.

6.  Magazines
. There is something magical about mail to a kid.  Include a basket for storing magazines on your bookshelves.  National Geographic publishes a photo rich children’s version that preschoolers love.  Highlights and Parents’ magazine are also good choices.  It’s more about the photos than the articles at the preschool age.  Additionally, magazines can double as arts and craft material, or seek and find objects for cut-out scissor games.

7.  Multiple locations
.  Putting books in your child’s reach and at their eye level might best be accomplished by having several mini-libraries thought out your home.  It’s not a bad idea to have at least a basket of books in every high traffic area.  You might separate them up by topic, or rotate them around to spark interest.  Think about giving library books a “special spot” of honor in the home since they’ll only be there a short time!

The Walker Library

23 May

A visit to the Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination is a celebration of human invention. The Library contains some 20,000 volumes and hundreds of museum-level books, manuscripts, maps and artifacts. These precious objects are housed in a unique setting that is itself a work of art. The architecture of the vast room was inspired by the mind-bending designs of artist M.C. Escher; it features multilevel tiers, “floating” platforms, connecting stairways, a glass bridge, illuminated glass panels, dynamic lighting, and specially commissioned art and music. 

This library is found at Walker Digital, a company that invents solutions to large-scale problems for businesses.

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