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.


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2013 in review

Happy 2014!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. I love that WordPress prepares these handy-dandy statistical summaries and infographics.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,700 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

The report did NOT include the top sites that readers click on via my site. And since the front page of this site does primarily that, highlighting things on the interwebs I find funny, awesome, or particularly interesting, I took a more in-depth look at my stats to bring y’all the most clicked-on links from my blog this past year:

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Silly things do cease to be silly

Detail of 'Anatomy of a Janeite'Happy Holidays! Here are a few of my current favorite things on the interwebs, including:

♥ … this “Anatomy of a Janeite” art print. Favorite quote:

Believes that silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.

♥ … these (secretly) lovely fore-edge paintings from early 19th century books, from the University of Iowa Special Collections & University Archives

♥ … this piece in praise of the real Mary Poppins. I loved the Mary Poppins books by P.L. Travers (as well as the movie version), so I applaud a little spotlight on the original nanny-to-end-all-nannies.

♥ … this in-depth textual analysis of The Hunger Games, the Twilight series, and the Harry Potter books, including favorite adjectives, adverbs, and ways of starting a sentence. Fascinating!

♥ … this round-up of modern celebrity faces in Renaissance paintings. Things confirmed: (1) Robert Downey, Jr. looks totally natural as a Renaissance rake, and (2) Penelope Cruz has a face for the ages.

♥ … and this treatise on velvet paintings. Bullfighters, unicorns, and Elvis Presley all lovingly rendered in paint and velvet? AWESOME. (See the quote above. And we’ve come full circle. ;) )

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