Is this really the future? Have a look at a brand new library in San Antonio, Texas that's without books!
Check out these 21 interesting and unusual facts about books. Yes, it's older however we doubt that too much has changed.
Here are 10 interesting facts about Dr.Seuss - still one of the best-selling authors for children.
Don't like reading? Read on...An interesting post. Just because you don’t enjoy reading a good book, doesn’t mean there aren’t many other uses for all of those books piled up in the attic. Here are photos of a desk at Delft University made of used books. Typesmith.com shows artistic and occasionally bizarre re-purposed books.
First, consider donating them to the Friends of the Monrovia Public Library. Recycling at its best! The Friends take your books and sell them inexpensively. You can get a charity tax deduction for the donation; do ask for a receipt. The money raised goes right back to the Library for programs and services. Everything stays right here in town. However, if you're looking for a more unusual reuse, check out "80 Awesome Ideas for All Your Old or Unwanted Books"
Imagine a book vending machine that dispenses surprise books! This link will take you to the NPR story. Though owner Stephen Fowler (who also owns the book store that houses the pistachio green "machine"), says he's not making much money off the Biblio-Mat, he adds "it's a great way to entertain customers — especially kids."
Mike Stilkey visited the Friends Store this week. The talented painted book artist spent time sharing tales of his search for used books which he incorporates into incredible art - including a 24 foot tall instillation in Hong Kong's Times Square, a 12-story major shopping center and office tower complex. Mike - full of smiles - often gets inspiration from the title of one of the books (as in "How Lost Was My Weekend) or from the installation setting. We'll soon have postcards of his work for sale and Mike promises a small piece for the Store. Click on the image to see a larger version of the charming foxy gentleman. Find more attached to a recent article in the HuffingtonPost Culture. And, yes, we passed along books to be used in his future work.
Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.
This summer's Adult Summer Reading Club theme "between the covers" intrigued a TAB (Teen Advisory Board) member to create an altered book - the Demon Book. Others are more restrained - butterflies and flowers. Some create stories through pockets cut into the book's pages. See photos on the MPL blog. The SRC begins June 11. Sounds like fun!
Members of the Board and our volunteers are posting ideas, thoughts, events, and a few surprises.