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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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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!!

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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!

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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!!

 

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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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It’s holiday time though ….. so perhaps I will manage to reduce the number in the pile just a little bit before returning to work next month!

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This blog has evolved into a place to post anything at all relating to books and reading, so I guess this story is as newsworthy as any other I’ve come across over the  years!

Professor Matthew Goodwin, a professor of politics, was so sure that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party would not poll 38% in the recent UK election, he tweeted that he would “happily eat” his recently released book Brexit if he was wrong.

So ….. live on Sky TV ….. this is exactly what happened!

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What could be more cool than a bookmark?!

Most definitely a bookish badge!!

Having just come across this fabulous collection published in a post by Bookish – I’m definitely hooked!!

Just have a look at a couple of the badges displayed:

I just gunna have to drop hints to family and friends now.  🙂

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If you just can’t be without a book in your hands, then this is for you!

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Light and easy to carry and both water and UV resistant, it’s certain that AquaReader is  one of those accessories that you just must have!  Check it out!

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When you love books and you love art – it’s nothing but sheer joy when the two intersect!

Oh the pleasure when this happened to me recently when I spotted a painting by Massimo Giannoni while window shopping in one of the world’s most magnificent locations  – Capri.

Fresh from discovering a most beautiful gallery in Positano – Liquid Art System – it was like finding an old friend when we bumped into another branch of this gallery while wandering the streets of Capri.

An hour zipped by as we wandered around enjoying the most amazing paintings, sculptures and installations we’d ever seen in a gallery.

And then, there, tucked away in one room was this beautiful painting, an oil on canvas, by Massimo Giannoni – Libreria con scala a chiocciola – which in English translates to Spiral staircase bookcase.

Book painting photographed at liauid art system - Isle of Capri -April 2017

This photograph of the painting which we took, doesn’t fully capture the rich and warm colours that kept us mesmerized for some time.  Sadly too, it was a smidgen too big for our suitcase.

If you ever happen upon one of the Liquid Art System galleries in different locations around the world though, be sure to set aside an hour or more to enjoy your visit.  And – be sure to ask one of the knowledgeable assistants to explain the thinking behind the art.  Complex explanations of some of the pieces we enjoyed seeing still reverberate within us – even now after we’ve returned home.

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