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Build A Better World

This summer the adult program theme here at Lower Macungie Library is Build A Better World.  Throughout the summer, this blog will follow this theme with a series of posts relating to this in various ways. 

Today we’ll look at how a unique way of recycling helped build a better world in Colombia.  20 years ago Jose Alberto Gutiereez began collecting books that people had thrown away.  Gutiereez works as a waste collector where he has collected over 20,000 books which he has turned into a community library called “The Strength of Words.” Working in Bogota, Columbia, in a poor neighborhood, the now named “Lord of the Books” has created a library for free for those who have never had access to a library before. 

What a great way to build a better world!


From the Garbage to the Bookshelf

A garbage collector in Colombia has his own library for children. All the books come from the trash.

Posted by AJ+ on Monday, February 27, 2017

Best Upcoming books for Summer 2017

  Summer is right around the corner!  Summer is a great time for everyone to have some down time and unwind with a great book.  The Huffington Post published an article with 24 Incredible books to read this summer.  Elle also had a similar article with 19 books to read this summer.   If you see a… Continue Reading

The Voynich Manuscript

Everybody loves a good mystery, especially one that is hundreds of years old.  The Voynich Manuscript is just that.  The Manuscript is a 240 page coded book with a variety of mysterious images.  It is unsure if the writing in it is a code, a forgotten language, or pure gibberish used as a trick. The… Continue Reading

Top Books Recommended by TED 2017 Speakers

Beginning as a conference in the 1980’s, TED Talks have exploded since the first six were posted online on June 27th, 2006.  These talks, an acronym for Technology, Entertainment, Design, cover a multiple of topics beyond its original scope.  The 2017 Conference was held at the end of April and Parrotread compiled all the books… Continue Reading

Inspirational Quotes from Literature

No matter who you are, we could all use some inspiration and encouragement in our lives.  Buzzfeed recently reached out to their community to ask what lines from literature helped to inspire them.  It seems that there are just some special quotes that can really resonate with readers, whether they’re at a certain point in… Continue Reading

A Car Wash for Books

When thinking of libraries of old, most people imagine dusty books sitting upon shelves.  But if you’ve visited a library recently you know that that is most definitely not true anymore!  Thanks to a piece of technological advancement, books are minimally dusty these days, especially in the Boston Public Library.  The BPL describes the Depulvera… Continue Reading

It’s all about that font

Happy Friday!  I have always been fascinated about fonts, between serifs and kerning there’s no limit to the wonders of typed letters.  This article by vLetter is a detailed yet clear history all about fonts, “including their origins and characteristics.”  If you’re interested in specific fonts, the Huffington Post has this article about the “Incredible… Continue Reading

A Series of Unfortunate Events

I’m sorry to give you some terrible news but Netflix’s a Series of Unfortunate Events has been renewed for both seasons 2 and 3.  In case you missed it, Netflix has turned Lemony Snicket’s book series, A Series of Unfortunate Events into a show and Season 1 recently premiered on January 14th.  This Buzzfeed article… Continue Reading

National Crayon Day!

This Friday was “National Crayon Day!” Who doesn’t love coloring?  Lately it seems like coloring has seen a “Renaissance” with the popularity of adult coloring books.  Crayola is perhaps the most popular coloring supply company, with their yellow and green boxes being iconic to almost everyone.  What isn’t surprising is that over the years the… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading





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