Libraries Worth Traveling The World to See and More Critical Linking

For serious bookworms, the greatest libraries of the world are well worth an international pilgrimage – here are the most impressive locations to curl up with a good book.

Image-heavy posts of great libraries throughout the world are my weakness. Especially when they’re written from non-American POVs.


This resource guide was created from the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign led by Marley Dias who has now collected over 4000 books. The guide includes some of those books that have been catalogued into an easy to find database. This information here is appropriate for youth, parents, educators, schools, and libraries.

Remember that 11-year-old girl who wanted to college 1000 books about black girls? Not only is she a success, but she built an incredible resource for readers looking for books like this. Dig in.


The family library in Spinbaldak, which is now open to the public as part of Mr. Wesa’s volunteer organization, has nearly 4,000 books organized on neat metal shelves. In the middle of the carpeted room is a gas heater for winter reading and an ashtray and a spittoon for those who may need a smoke or a pinch of smokeless tobacco.

The circulation at the Spinbaldak library runs largely on an honor system. Bookkeeping is minimal, partly because another brother of Mr. Wesa’s, who is the library’s caretaker, Atta Muhammad, has only very basic literacy.

A fascinating piece on building volunteer libraries in rural, war-torn Afghanistan.


This April marks the twentieth anniversary of National Poetry Month, which was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, National Poetry Month has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

Share the stories and struggles of the writers behind the words with your poetry-loving patrons.

A nice round-up of non-fiction about poets.


Kelly Jensen: Kelly is a former teen and adult librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Twitter @veronikellymars.