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 Cornell Puts a Lawn in the Library

LJ reports on a possible new trend in library interior design.  In an attempt to help students “chill” during stressful final exams, the Cornell library provided “a dose of contact with nature” by “installing a ”green sward” or indoor lawn.

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 Harvard University researchers encode book into DNA

Here is one bit of news that may be tough to get your head around!  It’s being reported by a number of sources ranging from this article in the New York Daily News, famous for its headline approach [...]


Some of you may have seen the English Language remake of this original taken from the show “Øystein og jeg” on Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK)in 2001. With Øystein Backe (helper)and Rune Gokstad (desperate monk). Written by Knut Nærum.  Here is the original Norwegian version.  Although produced in the early 2000′s, they are both still [...]


Stop-motion video shows books at play after the bookshop owner has gone

Check out this very cool stop-motion animation from  Type Books a Toronto bookshop as  “their shelves mysteriously and mischievously reorganizing themselves after everyone has gone home.”  Book lovers everywhere will be delighted to see print books “come alive” in this obviously [...]


Mystery book sculpture artist blazes a trail with amazing gifts

Perhaps one of the biggest mystery of this past summer in the UK was “an anonymous artist … delighting Edinburgh’s literary scene by leaving a series of intricate book sculptures on the doorsteps of various local institutes and art groups that support literature.”  [...]


An Unusual Library Finds a New Home

This article from the NY Times discusses the Read/Write Library, Chicago’s largest depository of grass-roots printed materials.  “Formerly known as the Chicago Underground Library, Read/Write rejects the selectivity of traditional libraries and collects “anything from university press to handmade artists’ books to zines made by [...]