Herzog August Library, Wolfenbüttel, Germany. Wolfenbüttel is famous for its Herzog August Bibliothek (Library), located on Lessingplatz. This large building houses over 900,000 books and volumes of various ages and covering all topics. 350,000 of these date from the 15th to 18th centuries. It is most notable, however, for containing the world’s most valuable book – Heinrich der Löwe’s Gospel Book. This was created between 1174 and 1189. The library has existed in various forms since the Middle Ages.
Sophie Calle, view of the exhibition “Prenez soin de vous” in 2008 at Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Site Richelieu Paris (France)
Law Library, Des Moines, Iowa
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But if the only picture books we have that feature people of color are history books, historical fiction, or books about other countries we are doing a huge disservice to the people we serve. We’re also contributing to the concept of ‘otherness’ that so many people of color live with every day.
I want everyone to feel that they belong in my library. If we are building diverse collections, we need to seek out fantastic books that feature people of color and that aren’t about race We need bedtime books, first day of school books, friendship books, loose tooth books and scared of the dark books that feature people of color. Those are the books that I work very hard to find and feature at my library.
Anna Haase Krueger lays it down on Diversity in Collection Development. Passion, practicality, and some great tips on how to make your collection reflect the world we live in.
Anna’s blog: Future Librarian Superhero
Anna on Twitter: @opinionsbyanna
Is not ridiculously cool, or what? NYPL has partnered with Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library to provide this outdoor reading room (known as the Library Lawn) on beautiful Governors Island this summer. The pop-up library will be open on weekends starting today, and you can check out books, get library cards, enjoy free programming - it’s basically a branch outdoors, in the sun, with hammocks. So go check it out sometime this summer! Is there really a better way to spend a warm day than with a good book?