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As we set about winding down for the year here in Australia, have a think about the precious tradition enjoyed in Finland in which books are given and received as Christmas presents.

How nice to know that books are a coveted item.

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I can think of nothing better than curling up with a book and some chocolate.

Heaven!

With my bags packed full of as many books as I could squeeze in, I look forward to lots of rest and relaxation as I race around the world via the pages of many a book.

See you back here in 2018!

 

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Eeek!! What do I do?!?

Even though I’d been working in libraries for a while, it had never happened.

I’d never had to deal with a wet book!!

But ….. it happened!

Just a few weeks into my new job (now some years ago!) it was with the flick of my hand that my cup of tea went flying and literally drowned the precious novel I was in the middle of reading.

Fortunately, an experienced colleague was on hand to smother my embarrassment and calm my nerves by showing me just how easy it was to save a wet book!

A recent post on Open Culture brought memories flooding back!!

And yes – we went through a very hefty bundle of paper towels that day, but the book was saved!!

Books on the Rail

I just love the notion of sharing books – especially when there’s no cost involved!

Books on the RailBooks on the Rail arrived in Melbourne around a year ago and is somewhat similar to another initiative –  BookCrossing which I had fun exploring a few years ago with students in my school.

Although this initiative incorporates a business aspect – you must purchase stickers to be able to participate – it also includes a subscription option, an initiative not offered by similar free book sharing  schemes I’ve explored.

The bottom line though is very simple:

  1. Attach a Books on the Rail sticker to the front of a book.
  2. Read the book.
  3. Once finished return to the book to any train, tram or bus in Melbourne for others to enjoy!

A great way to promote the love of reading and to share many of those fabulous books collecting dust on your bookshelves.

Founders – Ali and Mich have also created a very slick website which will appeal to many a book lover!

Sometimes I come across stories which are simply intriguing!

This one, written by Susan Falciani and published on Atlas Obscura on July 20, 2017, titled:  The Rare-Book Thief Who Looted College Libraries in the ’80s is well worth a read!

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Recounting the history and eventual capture of James Richard Shinn, whose  love of books may have classified him as a bibliomaniac if only he’d not been so intent on  stealing rare manuscripts from libraries across the US, reads like a ‘who-dunnit’!

Incredible!!

 

How to spot fake news

A very useful Infographic published by IFLA on their website is an invaluable tool for those of working with students in our libraries.

Incorporating eight simple steps (based on FactCheck.org’s 2016 article How to Spot Fake News) this infographic is also published in a host of different languages which can be found on the IFLA website by scrolling to the bottom of the page.

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A replica of the Parthenon has been built in Kassel, Germany.

Now open to the public, it is expected that more than a million people will view this installation in the Documenta 14 exhibition in Kassel in which contemporary art is showcased.  Running for 100 days, the exhibition ends on 17 September

Comprised of more than 100,000 banned books, it is the creation of Argentinian artist Marta Minujin.  Students at Kassel University helped to draw up a list of 170 banned books after which the public helped locate 100,000 copies.  The installation has the same dimensions as the original Parthenon built in Athens in 447BC and is located on the same site where German Nazis burned books by Jewish or Marxist writers in 1933.

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Well worth a visit if you are in the area!

This Lonely Planet article lends more insight to the project.