Critical Linking: August 15, 2015

We’ve rounded up some of the best libraries around the world that offer not only an impressive collection of reading material, but also boast unique architecture.

From an 8th-century monastery in Switzerland to a library with hanging bookshelves in Mexico City, here are the libraries that every book worm should visit.

They are not kidding about how beautiful these libraries are. Many are new ones to me. Absolutely worth the bizarre slideshow format.


The Toronto Public Library plans to roll out a book-lending machine at Union Station, the city’s busiest commuter station, by the end of the year. The library kiosk is intended to widen the library’s user base, and make the library more accessible to Torontonians since traditional library hours won’t apply.

Although the machine’s exact features and functions have not been determined, a report released earlier this year revealed that the lending machines could contain high demand books, DVDs, and maybe even downloadable e-books.

Smart idea, Toronto Public Library.


More celebrities have written children’s books than you probably remember. Whether it’s to give their own children something to read, or simply a change of pace from their usual fare, numerous household names in comedy, music, and television have helped pen such books over the years. Can you match the celebrity to the book? Take our quiz and test your knowledge of these delightfully surreal combinations.

Hmmm…is it a point of pride if you’re NOT very good at matching the celebrity author with the children’s book they wrote?

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