Libraries Round the World: The DAR

Novelist Karen Stensgaard took a spin around the DAR and found two great granddaddies (5 times back) were revolutionary war patriots. … More Libraries Round the World: The DAR

Libraries Round the World: The Library of Congress

Tourists to the world’s largest library (164+ million items), located in Washington D.C., must view the main reading room from a second-floor glass partitioned overlook. Not bad, but to experience the reading room firsthand apply for a free library card. You can request books online and review them while in the library (if in the … More Libraries Round the World: The Library of Congress

Libraries Round the World: La-La Land

This massive library, in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, may not be that close to Hollywood, but the eclectic mix of styles could easily double as a film set. The library checks off nearly every period imaginable: ultra-modern, fantasy, art deco, Egyptian, medieval, murals, mosaics, and Latin American. And they do all this while … More Libraries Round the World: La-La Land

Another Reason to Celebrate

February is Black History Month aka National African American History Month, and March transitions into Women’s History Month. What better way to celebrate both by reading a novel written by an African American woman based on her history and childhood years growing up in 70’s and 80’s Bushwick, a neighborhood of Brooklyn. Jacqueline Woodson, the poet-novelist, … More Another Reason to Celebrate

Libraries Round the World: With Love from the Landa’s

San Antonio has what may be the most romantic library in the world, the Hannah Landa Memorial Library. This library is located in the Landa family’s treasured home in the Monte Vista Historic District. The Italianate stone and stucco house was built in 1928 for the couple, Hannah and Harry Landa. They participated in the … More Libraries Round the World: With Love from the Landa’s

Libraries Round the World: Super Bowl LII Champs Encourage All of Us

Philly’s Free Library had a great view of the Eagles on their way down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum and Rocky steps for speeches and accolades from their many fans. The underdogs are now wonderdogs. Never having been a football fan or watched the Eagles play before, I was surprised at my reaction … More Libraries Round the World: Super Bowl LII Champs Encourage All of Us

Libraries Round the World: Dracula at the Rosenbach

Yes, the most famous vampire of them all, Dracula, has invaded Philadelphia’s museum and library, the Rosenbach! But not to worry, he isn’t sleeping in the basement in a coffin or roaming the upscale Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. The original manuscript and early editions are part of a special exhibit to honor the 200th anniversary of … More Libraries Round the World: Dracula at the Rosenbach

Libraries Round the World: The Philadelphia Women’s March

Today thousands of Philadelphians came out en masse for the second Women’s March in support of human rights. Participants included women, children, men, and even dogs. The march covered a short distance walking along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway near the Free Library’s main branch and ended in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and … More Libraries Round the World: The Philadelphia Women’s March

Libraries Round the World: The Coates Library

The Trinity University Coates Library contains a 15 by 80-foot mural considered the largest montage in the world. The massive black and white artwork titled “Man’s Evolving Images, Printing and Writing” was completed in 1983 by Artist James Sicner. The mural surrounds a staircase in the library and is a panorama of the history of … More Libraries Round the World: The Coates Library

Libraries Round the World: Going 100% Digital

My hometown San Antonio is often leading edge when it comes to innovation. In 2013, the BiblioTech Digital Library, the first all-digital public library in the U.S. opened. Since then, they’ve added a second location in San Antonio along with a downtown jury duty room for those with time on their hands while stuck in … More Libraries Round the World: Going 100% Digital