A look back

Looking back over the past half-year or so, it looks like I’m averaging one update a month on this site, so here’s my entry for June and what I’ve been enjoying lately on the interwebs. (June! What happened?! May, I hardly knew ye.)

♥ This post about the first-known female serial killer, Erzsébet Báthory, is more than a little grim — be forewarned — but fascinating.

There’s no easy transition moving on from female murderesses, so I’m not going to try. Simply this: PAUSE.

♥ And now for something completely different … a look back at Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby books from age 40. I will have to reread these books, as I self-identified with Ramona SO HARD when I was a young girl. (I also am in walking distance of the real-life Klickitat Street, which makes my heart smile.) :)

♥ Feeling more nostalgia… an article on the 20th anniversary of the movie Speed, from the perspectives of the character actors who played the passengers.

♥ Another look back! This time, a “Where Are They Now?” piece about Vanity Fair’s Young Hollywood Class of 2003. I spy Emily VanCamp!

Also, it is CRAZY to think about where I was in 2003. I was finishing up my library science degree and starting my first professional librarian job — in a public library! Since then, I’ve switched to academic librarianship, moved cross-country twice, and lived and worked overseas. Wow.

And all those changes took the support of family and friends, and those life choices were definitely not done all by myself.

♥ Unlike this guy, who made a music video about being all by himself at the Las Vegas airport… to the tune of Celine Dion’s cover of the classic song “All By Myself.” HILARIOUS.

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We will rock you

It’s been awhile, but I have been definitely been scouting out interesting things on the interwebs, such as …

♥ … these retro-style posters for 10 signature episodes of the Mad Men TV series.

♥ … this witty, impassioned sorting of 19th century British novelists into Hogwarts. I particularly enjoyed the sorting of the Brontë sisters.

♥ … this map highlighting the stereotypes of the United Kingdom and Ireland as well as a stereotype map of the United States, according to British people. (I love that “White Walkers” appear on both maps, hah!)

♥ … this list of the 25 greatest homes in literature. Quite rightly, Manderley in Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca starts off the list.

♥ … and last but not least, 11 literary librarians who smash stereotypes. Love that the URL for this BuzzFeed article reads “Librarians Rock.” ;)

 

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Vancouver library visits

Spring greetings, y’all!

In late March, my husband and I took a mini-holiday up to Vancouver, BC. This was my first time to the west coast of Canada, and we had a lovely time. The weather also cooperated, as it was sunny all but one day!

Every time we visit a new place, we also visit a library. On this trip, I not only got to visit the central branch of the Vancouver Public Library — more on that can be found here on my Reel Librarians blog — I also happened upon a “Little Free Library” on Granville Island, as well as the Emily Carr University Library on the island.

Librarian for Life  |  Vancouver libraries

Clockwise from left: Posing in front of the central branch of the Vancouver Public Library; at the Emily Carr University library on Granville Island; delight in finding a “Little Free Library” on Granville Island

If you’d like to see more libraries I’ve visited around the world, click the “Library Photos” link above.

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Oscar dresses + Sesame Street

Because those two things, Oscar dresses + Sesame Street, go together, right? On this weekend special, they sure do! And it is Oscar weekend, my friends. Guess where I’ll be Sunday night? ;)

♥  First up, an infographic detailing every Best Actress dress since 1929. Swoon!

♥  I am sure y’all will be as interested as I was in these stylish illustrations of interior designs of classic films.

♥  OF COURSE Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is on this list of 15 books that changed women’s lives forever. But I do have some other reading to do…

♥  This  collection of photos entitled “Old Mysterious Photos that will Haunt Your Dreams” will do just that.

♥  And finally, a little Benedict Cumberbatch counting with the Count on Sesame Street. You’re welcome.

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Super-sized fun on the interwebs

It is “Super Bowl Sunday,” and nope, I’m not watching the game (or the commercials). Instead, I’ve been enjoying a super-sized dose of fun on the interwebs, including:

ALA Archives, c. 1921

♥ … national flags made from each country’s traditional foods, a promotional series for the Sydney International Food Festival.

♥ … amazing and clever librarian tattoos, 11 collected here and 13 more collected here.

♥ … this HILARIOUS send-up of gender stereotypes in a series of mock engagement photos.

♥ … this interesting essay about the appeal of seaweed collections in Victorian times. Bygone fads and seaweed ephemera — what’s not to like? ;)

♥ … famous movie scenes recreated by the coolest parents EVER. So hard to pick a fave, but I find the Die Hard recreation particularly clever.

♥ … this collection of vintage posters promoting American libraries. Propaganda at its best-intentioned, y’all.

♥ … not so sublime, but still illuminating, is this collection of 13 famous authors’ mugshots.

♥ … these European maps that reveal the origin of commonly used words, like church, beer, orange, and rose. A rose by any other name … turns out to be garoful. ;)

♥ … and last, but not least, is this collection of beautiful libraries, and beautiful quotes about libraries. So many books, so much beauty.

Enjoy!

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