Libraries Round the World: A German Town in Texas

Boerne (pronounced Bernie), about 30 miles north of San Antonio’s Alamo, was settled in 1849 by a group of intellectuals and free-thinking Germans immigrants. They spoke Latin together and supported abolition, an unpopular and dangerous opinion before the Civil War. Many Germans waited out the war in Mexico to avoid ending up in “dead man’s … More Libraries Round the World: A German Town in Texas

Libraries Round the World: Where Text and Textiles Mesh

Across from the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rocky statue and steps, the Art Deco Perelman building annex holds the library and has edgy, fashion-forward exhibits. They’ve succeeded again with Off the Wall: American Art to Wear. The Latin root textere means to weave. Stories are usually communicated via written text, and clothing is typically made from … More Libraries Round the World: Where Text and Textiles Mesh

Libraries Round the World: In a Former British Gaol

A recycled 18th-century former jail (a ‘gaol’ in British English) transitioned into the first public library in the Bahamas in 1873. This library, now a museum too, is still going strong in the city of Nassau on New Providence Island. Using a former jail somehow fits! Afterall, this area of the Bahamas was the site … More Libraries Round the World: In a Former British Gaol