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Are you hoping to get your community involved in Poem in Your Pocket Day (April 24) this year?Watch this great video showing how the town of Charlottesville, Virginia, banded together to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day with the help of their local library.

Are you hoping to get your community involved in Poem in Your Pocket Day (April 24) this year?

Watch this great video showing how the town of Charlottesville, Virginia, banded together to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day with the help of their local library.

What did Auden check out from the library?

via http://www.nysoclib.org/

"The way Hope builds his House" by Emily Dickinson.
Amherst Library recently made her complete manuscripts available online.

"The way Hope builds his House" by Emily Dickinson.

Amherst Library recently made her complete manuscripts available online.

(Source: consecratedeminence.wordpress.com)

Happily.

Happily.

designandcrime:

Meriç Algün Ringborg - The Library of Unborrowed Books (2012)

There is a selection made of what books accompany us into the future. Within education, for instance, the establishment of a canon is clear – it is the venue for the particular echo that determines what books persevere, those that are to be kept in the loop and read again by the next generation. This comes natural, a selection is necessary, and it’s made in different instances either conscious or unconscious. Nevertheless, the books that are left behind — those deemed useless or for unknown reasons are abandoned — still exist in physical form, organized and systematized within the one institution representative of knowledge in all its forms, the library.

The Library of Unborrowed Books bases itself on the concept of the library as an institution manifesting language and knowledge, of the passing of awareness and the openness to all types of people and literature. This work, however, comprises all the books from a selected library that have never been borrowed. The framework in this instance hints at what has been disregarded, knowledge essentially unconsumed, and puts on display what has eluded us.

Why these books aren’t ‘chosen,’ why they are overlooked, will never be clear but whatever each book contains, en masse they become representative of the gaps and cracks of history, or the bureaucratic cataloging of the world and the ambivalent relationship between absence and presence. In this library their existence is validated simply by being borrowed, underlining their being as well as their content and form by putting them on display in an autonomous library dedicated to the books yet to have been revealed.

(via theparisreview)

Folger Shakespeare Library, circa 1932.

Folger Shakespeare Library, circa 1932.

(Source: flickr.com)

Would he like it if I told him Gertrude Stein, 1923.
I think he would like it.
Would he like it if I told him Gertrude Stein, 1923.

I think he would like it.

(Source: notesfromafruitstore.net)

"If you’re in San Francisco" is a nice phrase.

Get lost in a Book. Or 250,000 of them.

Grace Hartigan collage + ”For Grace, after a Party” from Meditations in an Emergency

(Source: beineckeroom26.library.yale.edu)