Posted by: bluesyemre | May 5, 2015

‘Improbable Libraries’ Beautifully Depicts The Fun Side Of #Libraries

The inner dome of the Soneva Kiri library, constructed from bamboo

There’s just something about a library — its well-thumbed, plastic-sheathed bestsellers and dusty shelves of obscure treasures, all just waiting to be picked up and enjoyed by you. And then someone else, someone you may never meet. A library brings readers together into one space to share, exchange, and unlock the secrets of books. Oh, and it’s absolutely free to use. Alex Johnson, a journalist for the U.K.’s Independent and the author of Improbable Libraries, agrees. But he’s also noticed that libraries don’t just operate out of drab brick municipal buildings or aged edifices with Gothic arches. “There have always been entrepreneurial librarians,” he noted in an email to The Huffington Post, “such as those who ran circulating libraries in small crates for lighthouses in the 19th century or who used pack horses to carry books in the early 20th century — but more recently the idea that the library can come to the reader … seems to have become more pronounced.”


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