The Oldest Treasures From 12 Great Libraries: Critical Linking, November 5, 2017

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When you start to think about the oldest books that a library might hold, there are any number of rabbit holes you can fall down. What’s the oldest book in any particular city? What’s the oldest book in the world? Well, what do you mean by “book”? The oldest written text? The oldest manuscript? The oldest printed material? The oldest bound book?

I’m such a sucker for old items in library collections and this is a really great round-up. With pictures

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5. THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO BY CARLO COLLODI

Almost everyone is familiar with Pinocchio—the movie. But you might be hard-pressed to find a child who has recently picked up the book, which was originally published in full in 1883. At one point, the story of the little wooden boy with the lie-detector nose was one of the best-selling books in the world, with 35 million copies sold.

Huh. I’ve read exactly zero of these children’s books that no one reads anymore. You? 

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Laundromats, like libraries, are community hubs. It’s no wonder, then, that the two go together so well.

That’s what Libraries Without Borders has found both in Detroit and the Bronx, where the international non-profit has introduced their Wash & Learn program. The pilot program brings library amenities to the people, setting up pop-up libraries in laundromats.

Wash & Learn provides a Detroit librarian with books, laptops, Wi-Fi access, and more to each of the participating laundromats.

I love this, I love this, I love this. Good work, librarians

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced Tuesday that Seattle has been designated a City of Literature as part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, joining a group of 28 international cities that also includes Edinburgh, Dublin, Krakow, Baghdad, Montevideo and others.

Only the second US city with such a distinction.

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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.