Libraries Round the World: On a Mid-Atlantic Island

While on a short visit in the Azores island archipelago last month, I spotted several libraries. The Azores (Açores in Portuguese) consists of a group of nine volcanic islands surrounded by the vast blue, azure Atlantic Ocean. The Azores is part of Portugal.  The Public Library and Archives of Ponta Delgada (the capital of the … More Libraries Round the World: On a Mid-Atlantic Island

Libraries Round the World: A Victorian Summer on Block Island

Block Island’s public library dates all the way back to 1875. Impressive, considering that the island covers less than 10-square miles with a population hovering around a thousand today. But this number swells with tourists in the summer, and most arrive on ferries. They disembark right into the Old Harbor Historic District filled with 42 … More Libraries Round the World: A Victorian Summer on Block Island

Libraries Round the World: Seashells, Bones, and Books at Denmark’s Egeskov Castle

Egeskov castle in Denmark dates from 1554 with a library collection of seashells, animal bones, and books. The owners over the centuries went to great lengths to be well prepared for unwanted house guests and attacks.   Today Egeskov castle is the home of Count Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille and his wife, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (part of … More Libraries Round the World: Seashells, Bones, and Books at Denmark’s Egeskov Castle