The part libraries play in education is the part bubbles play in champagne. They may seem at first to be merely a shimmery addition, but they are the central feature of the entire enterprise and the reason, joyous and astonishing, to keep imbibing.
Lemony Snicket answered my question!
Robert Dawson (The Public Library) receives Guggenheim Award
The response to our new book The Public Library has been nothing short of ecstatic. We couldn’t be more proud of the book and its author Robert Dawson, who we are thrilled to report, was just awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Dawson was also just interviewed by Scott Simon on NPR Weekend Edition and the book is popping up everywhere.
You know you want it.
One of our newest acquisitions is Stock Tips the zine. Starting as a Tumblr from Rachel Fershleiser, it next became a partnership with Ami Greko and a massively successful Kickstarter project, and it now exists as a finished zine ready to join the Culinary Zine Collection in the University of Iowa Special Collections. I love everything this demonstrates about active communities coming together to make things online and off.
Check out this zine or the rest of our culinary zine collection by stopping by the 3rd floor or taking a look at the collection guide.
If you can, follow up by making something. Hey, submit a post about what you made, if you’re up for it. We’ll post it!
And if you make a culinary zine, or know someone who does, please let us know, send Special Collections a copy for the archives, or send us lots of copies for the Zine Machine! We’ll make sure it continues to be available for people to enjoy, cook from, and to learn about the history and continuing role of zines in our life and culture.
Having something we made in the Culinary Zine Collection at the University of Iowa Special Collections Library is one of the most meaningful accomplishments of my life. Congratulations and thank you to all our contributors, recipe-writers, illustrators, cross-stitchers, and Kickstarter backers (and Colleen!). Someday I’m gonna go visit it! Who’s coming with me?
If San Francisco could talk, what would it say? Illustrator Wendy MacNaughton discovered the next best thing: asking locals to describe daily life in the city in their own words. The result, Meanwhile in San Francisco, is a street-smart collection of everyday observations as diverse and lovely as the city itself.
Daniel “Lemony Snicket” Handler and Maira Kalman want you to know a few things about libraries.
"I’m 86. And that’s about enough. I’m ready to go."
“Aren’t you afraid of death?”
“Why would I be?”
“Isn’t that sort of a natural condition of living?”
“Not when you miss your husband as much as I do.”
I spy NYPL!
Gina Sheridan’s I WORK AT A PUBLIC LIBRARY, the humorous stories from the front lines of the public library, from the Tumblr of the same name.
As you can imagine, I am super, super excited about this! A Tumblarian book deal!
"Paranormal activities seemed to increase in 1998 after Dutch elm disease claimed a 300-year-old tree on the grounds. The building was bequeathed to the borough of Bellevue in 1912 by Amanda Bayne Balph, who stipulated that no trees were to be removed from the parkland on the property.”
Bookish ghost stories! Spoopy, creppy, true!