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The Aroma of Books

There’s nothing like the smell of books! Whether they’re old or new, there’s something wonderful about the smell of the paper and ink together for readers.  This article by the CBC is about the smell of books, but for a historical purpose.  Researchers from Columbia University have been trying to determine what the Morgan Library and Museum smelled like when it was built in 1906.  Since the library has undergone many changes and additions since then, this study is trying to determine what it would have smelled like with its older books, before they were put away in storage or placed behind glass.

For a little humor, “The Onion” (a satirical news source) put out an article claiming that American Library Association concluded a study that determined that “some books smell good, some books smell bad.”  While this study did not happen, it can’t be argued that it’s not true! Watch the brief video here for a laugh!


Kory Stamper is a lexicographer and editor for the Merriam-Webster dictionary.  Some of her responsibilities include defining new words and updating old ones to stay current.  Her job is so interesting that she runs a YouTube series talking about words and various aspects of her awesome day to day job.  She gave a fascinating interview… Continue Reading

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History month and Wednesday, March 8th was International Women’s Day.  In honor of these celebrations, here are 365 books written by women to read!  The list includes all types of women from different locations and times spanning various genres.  Some may be familiar to you while some you may have never heard… Continue Reading

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

  Happy Friday!  Yesterday, March 2nd was Dr. Seuss’s birthday which has become “Read Across America Day” in honor of the famous author.  Dr. Seuss, or Theodor Seuss Geisel.  With his catchy writing style, colorful and whimsical illustrations, and nuggets of wisdom, it’s easy to see why Dr. Seuss is so well loved by all… Continue Reading

Libraries of Things

Happy Friday and welcome to the fourth and final part of our “Library Lovers Month” series!  We’ve looked at all different types of libraries so far-from the most beautiful, most modern, and unusual around the world.  Today’s feature is also about a very specific type of unusual library-a library without books!  Don’t be worried though, these… Continue Reading

Unusual Libraries Around the World

Happy Friday and welcome to the third part of our “Library Lovers Month” series!  We’ve looked at the “Most Beautiful Libraries in the World,” “The Most Modern Libraries Around the World,” and today we’ll see some of the most weird and unique libraries around the world!  Some of these awesome libraries include donkeys, vending machines,… Continue Reading

Most Modern Libraries Around the World

Happy Friday!  Last week we looked at the “Most Beautiful Libraries in the World.”  Today, in our continuation of “Library Lovers Month” series, here are some of the most beautifully modern libraries around the world.  This article by Homedit focuses on libraries with modern architecture, while this article by Ebook Friendly uses the term “modern”… Continue Reading

Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

Happy Friday!  As I mentioned last week, February is “Library Lovers Month!”  In honor of this wonderful month here are three articles with some of the most absolutely beautiful libraries throughout the world.  What sticks out to me most when I look at these pictures is just how versatile libraries are.  No matter what they… Continue Reading

National Puzzle Day

Happy Friday!  Tomorrow, Saturday January 28th is National Puzzle Day!  Puzzles can be a wide variety of things, from jigsaw puzzles to word searches, and all are great ways to exercise your brain.  Surprisingly, there are a good number of books written about experts of all types of puzzles; here are two examples of books… Continue Reading

Books to look for in 2017

2017 definitely looks like it will be a year of great books!  These articles from both Buzzfeed and Time list out some great books to look forward to.  They both are great because they include famous authors and first time authors, fiction and nonfiction, all in no particular order.  See a book you’re interested in? … Continue Reading





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