Libraries Round the World: On Denmark’s Other Coast

Esbjerg (pronounced s-b-yer), a port city with 80,000 residents, is an unusual stop on a tour of Scandinavia. If you travel directly west from Copenhagen, stop when you reach the North Sea and spend a few days in Denmark’s fifth-largest city.  Esbjerg and I have a long personal history, and I stopped to reminisce at Esbjerg … More Libraries Round the World: On Denmark’s Other Coast

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

Play Good with Lego

New York City’s Scandinavia House is hosting an exhibit on Denmark’s world renown colorful bricks and building blocks. Lego is a combination of two Danish words – leg and godt– which means, not surprisingly, play good. The number one goal and request from any tired parent or babysitter. The Danish inventor was a carpenter, and … More Play Good with Lego