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mamselle

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Re: Libraries, Archives, and all things Bookish...
« Reply #30 on: September 21, 2021, 09:28:26 AM »
Double, later....

The BL bear mascot himself:

   https://britishlibraryemails.bl.uk/5JXV-ATSL-C0B9A3B24156DF9E13LM50029CBBC879F39141/cr.aspx

There are also 2 medieval MS and other fun online workshops brewing:

    https://www.bl.uk/events

M.
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Re: Libraries, Archives, and all things Bookish...
« Reply #31 on: September 21, 2021, 10:27:42 AM »
Double, later....

The BL bear mascot himself:

   https://britishlibraryemails.bl.uk/5JXV-ATSL-C0B9A3B24156DF9E13LM50029CBBC879F39141/cr.aspx

There are also 2 medieval MS and other fun online workshops brewing:

    https://www.bl.uk/events

M.

Paddington has more charm than the Penworthy Books bear, although Penworthy Bear is nice enough in his own right.


A trail from the park to the library would be nice, but it would be somewhat too far to be feasible.  There's also a stretch between here and there where we really could use a length of sidewalk that does not exist and is not in any budget's future.  Unfortunately our library's location was not at all well chosen with respect to walkability or convenience to other attractions like parks and schools.  I don't know whether the planners didn't get good advice on choosing a location 20+ years ago, or whether that part of their advice wasn't given enough consideration.  At any rate, there was no thought whatsoever given to making the library a place that could be easily walked to.  We're on the side of a highway, over a quarter mile from the nearest traffic light, and several minutes' walk from the nearest house that's on our side of the road, with no sidewalks beyond what are on library grounds.  You CAN walk here if you're a serious and alert walker--I do it all the time--but it's not a walk most parents would allow their children to make.  We're also nowhere near any schools, and on the exact opposite end of town from the main business district.  There is nothing down the road from us but a sprinkling of churches and houses.  So we're not on anybody's way to anything--yet the highway still has enough traffic to make road crossing a challenge.

I did some more pacing at the park early this morning.  We have so much room there, but the way things are laid out makes it hard to find a good place for a story time loop.  Most possible paths through there are either much too long or not long enough.  Or only accessible at special event times.  A loop on the library grounds, awkward though it would be to lay it out, might still work as well as anything.
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Re: Libraries, Archives, and all things Bookish...
« Reply #32 on: October 13, 2021, 11:21:03 AM »
I always like wandering around outside libraries as well as in them, sometimes just to take a break, and I'd definitely read a cinematically-segmented children's book on such a jaunt.

(But was this the funded project you're having to give up on? (interthreadual question))

I hope not!

In other news, Paddington is about to hibernate:

   https://www.bl.uk/events/paddington-the-story-of-a-bear?utm_campaign=565944_PaddingtonClosingSoon_Exhibitions_20211013&utm_medium=email&utm_source=The%20British%20Library

Some other year, perhaps...

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Re: Libraries, Archives, and all things Bookish...
« Reply #33 on: October 20, 2021, 10:29:12 AM »
I've apparently used the word "library" so much that my news feed is blossoming with references:

1) The NYPL is honoring historically significant women on their staff:

   https://nypost.com/2021/03/13/meet-the-badass-librarians-of-the-nypl/amp/


2) I've stayed at the Hosteling International hostel attached to this site, one of the local Paris libraries (every arrondissement has at least one):

   https://libraryplanet.net/2020/03/03/vaclav-havel-library-in-paris-la-chapelle-a-gift-for-everyone/

I didn't get to go in on my last trip (too busy navigating the bus-metro strike changes to have time--I walked most of the way from the BnF to this site on two different occasions, last trip, so my feet were just a ti-i-i-i-iny bit tired...

Looking back now, although I had to do a lot to deal with the French Metro strikes at the time, I didn't imagine it would be impossible to come back the next year and catch the places I'd missed, as I usually do...
 
...or the next...

   ...or the next...

Very glad I got there when I did, and got all the research photos/manuscript notes/meetup connections made that I did!

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Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

Reprove not a scorner, lest they hate thee: rebuke the wise, and they will love thee.

Give instruction to the wise, and they will be yet wiser: teach the just, and they will increase in learning.