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Midcentury Bookmobile

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Found along U.S. Route 101 on the Olympic Peninsula.

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Busted Bookmobile
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Jeremy Wheeler’s AADL Event Posters

Eli Nieburger tweeted about this awesome advert for an Ann Arbor District Library gaming event. Awesome, huh? It is great to see engaging library events being prompted with engaging ads.

This is an example of what I mean when I say that libraries need to consider all of their touchpoints when facilitating a good user experience. Way to be thorough, AADL!

I contacted the guy who made the ad, Jeremy Wheeler, and he gave me permission to show you some more stuff he made for the AADL here.

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Hoxton Monster Supply Shop

The Ministry of Stories is a UK version of the 826 National writing program. Just like the 826 locations have fantastical storefronts, the Ministry of Stories has the Monster Supply Shop. It was designed by We Made This and is super neat.


More on the Ministry of Stories.

More views of the Monster Supply Shop.

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Cycling for Libraries

Fancy riding from Copenhagen to Berlin with a bunch of librarians next summer? I do. Kai, a information school professor and cycling enthusiast is organizing a ride.

Cycling for libraries is a politically and economically independent unconference and a bicycle tour. It also supports physical and mental well-being of library professionals, grassroots networking, and internationalism and — last but not least — the crucial role of libraries for the society and for the intellectual and scientific education in general. Cycling for libraries also supports environmental values and ecological way of life.

More info at Cycling for Libraries.

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Rotten Apples

Okay. Maybe these photos are a statement about consumerism. I get it. Could still be a bit wasteful.

I feel a bit awful for liking them so much.

More destroyed Apple stuff.

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Unusable Tableware

Metalwork from David Clarke.

[via today and tomorrow]

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Reading Rickshaw +

Three students and alumni from the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota have a project called Reading Rickshaw on Kickstarter:

The Reading Rickshaw aims to spread the word about art and books by offering patrons a ride on a 4-person bicycle fully outfitted with an art library. We seek to offer both mobile and stationary programming: Patrons can browse the permanent collection or pick a book from a temporary collection curated by artists, participate in mobile story hour, listen to artist lectures, and many more fledgling ideas. We will focus on creating a presence where a traditional library cannot go: parks, sidewalks, the lakes communities (land of 10,000=popular Minnesota activity), downtown Minneapolis/St. Paul, and high foot traffic neighborhoods. [emphasis mine]

It is interesting when non-librarians observe service gaps, brainstorm solutions and then take matters into their own hands. It sort of makes me feel like libraries aren’t living up to their potential. It is also interesting that often times they don’t consider partnering with established libraries. The IKEA ad I just posted is an example of that. So are the community book exchanges / tiny tomato gardens I see around Portland.

A related project: A group of folks involved with the Art Shanty Projects erected a library shanty on the frozen Medicine Lake:

Come hang out at the Medicine Lake Branch and create a library card, join a book clubs or enjoy the curated shelf-sized art exhibitions.

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The Library Book

 

Ages ago I meant to point to this post about the the Library Initiative in New York. They’ve created some nice looking spaces.

Now there’s an entire book about the project: The Library Book: Design Collaborations in the Public Schools.

The L!brary Book takes readers behind the scenes of fifty groundbreaking library projects to show how widely varied fields and communities – corporate underwriters, children’s book publishers, architects, graphic designers, product manufacturers, library associations, teachers, and students – can join forces to make a difference in the lives of children. – Dexigner

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Blank Cardboard House

Quite spendy at $65 a pop but couldn’t they make for a great YS program?

Just in case, you can buy them from Ferrol Studio.

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Beach IKEA Ad Evokes Library Vibe

I’d love to see a coastal library set up a permanent book exchange like this. Has it been done?

[pic from baddogwhiskas]

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