ATG Quirkies: In Search of Lost Books

In this recent post in the Guardian, essayist Lorraine Berry discusses the concept of lost books and why many bibliophiles are so fascinated by them?  Ms. Berry also cites authors who have spent time...

ATG Quirkies: One Library in Two Countries

Since Sept. 11, 2001, officials on both sides of the US-Canadian border have tightened security in towns like Derby Line, Vt. and Stanstead, Que. However according to this article in the Huffington P...

ATG Quirkies: Pirates Liked Reading About Pirates

According to this post in the Smithsonian “rare 300-year-old scraps of paper have been unearthed in the sludge” of Blackbeard’s flagship and indicate that someone who sailed with th...

ATG Quirkies: The Joy of Secret Books of Secrets

Here is an old post from the Library of Congress Blog about a type inquiry that can confound librarians.  It seems that over the years the LC reference staff has gotten “a surprising number of ...

ATG Quirkies: Time to Rummage Through the Attic

Checkout this fun blast from the recent past!!  It’s a list of the most expensive vintage electronic devices compiled by the definition.org website raging from Texas Instruments Speak & Spe...

ATG Quirkies: Has A.I. Met Its Match?

The answer appears to be yes! Evidently, “the algorithms that computers use to determine what objects are – a cat, a dog, or a toaster, for instance–have a vulnerability.” This vulnerabil...