Category: Libraries

The Library Traveler

A book lover’s dream library

As much as the Cincinnati Main Library is a first-class modern facility (built in 1955 and expanded in 1982 and 1997), its previous home is still a subject of fascination. Photos of “Old Main” feature prominently on the library’s website, Flickr,…

A digital twist on the library

BiblioTech in San Antonio, Texas has been getting a lot of press lately about being the first digital public library in the United States. So when I visited the city recently, I had to stop by this “bookless” library and…

A library of vibrant colour

The San Antonio Central Library in southern Texas is a colourful building, designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta and opened in 1995. Its immense size and bold clay-red hue contrast sharply against the blue of the sky. Inside, the impact is…

A shrine for the Brownings

When you mention the names Robert Browning or Elizabeth Barrett Browning these days, most people don’t know who these writers were, let alone what they were famous for. But toss around the following phrases, and people recognize them instantly. “How…

Encouraging a city to read

How do you get everyone in a city to read? It’s not an easy thing to do, but two programs in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas are providing different ways of encouraging residents to crack open a book (or download an e-book…

Rare paper

It’s not often one has the opportunity to see rare documents. So it was wonderful for me to be able to peruse original copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio and the Declaration of Independence, which were on display at the Dallas…

Celebrate libraries with Flat Andy

The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014 with a photo contest called Flat Andy. I saw this fun way to mark a major library milestone when I visited the John H. Germany Public Library in Tampa,…

A library quacker

On a recent visit to the Naples Public Library in Florida, I was greeted at the front door by a Muscovy duck!

Books by boat

In my travels, I’ve seen several different ways of returning materials to libraries (drive-thru overhangs, boxes on the street, self-serve RFID chutes), but this method at a library in the Florida Keys is one I hadn’t seen before. According to…

At home at the Four Arts Library

Cozy, comfortable, and the feeling of being at home. That’s what it’s like to walk into the Four Arts Library in Palm Beach, Florida. (I don’t have a library like this at home, but my ideal personal library space would feel like…