Reading on the Street: 6 Bookish Murals

Early in the fall, on a trip to visit family, I found myself in the small town of Stuebenville, Ohio. As I walked its streets, I noticed murals on so many of the buildings. However, I failed to notice the uneven sidewalk, tripped, and dropped my phone on the pavement, shattering the screen. Luckily, the little protective cover on the screen kept it together, and I was able to take pictures of a few of my favorite murals. My favorite, obviously, is one in which a book takes center stage.

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I spent an afternoon go through the photos that I rescued from that phone, and it got me to thinking about the other bookish murals out there. Thanks to the magic that is the internet, I found there were quite a few. The only downfall is that some of these may no longer be around. Thankfully, they left their photos behind. Here are a few of my favorites:


 Market Street and Duboce, San Francisco – 2005

(image via Dull Roar)


Philadelphia – May 2012

(image via Never Stop Traveling)


Zapatista Book of Education

(image via Schools for Chiapas)


Downtown Iowa City – 2005

(image via Flickr)


The Dickinson Mural in the 1730 West Cemetery, Amherst

(image via To Find the Principles)

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