Improbable Libraries: A Visual Journey to the World's Most Unusual Libraries

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Improbable Libraries: A Visual Journey to the World's Most Unusual Libraries

Improbable Libraries: A Visual Journey to the World's Most Unusual Libraries By Alex Johnson Improbable Libraries A Visual Journey to the World s Most Unusual Libraries How do you use your local library Does it arrive at your door on the back of an elephant Can it float down the river to you Or does it occupy a phone booth by the side of the road Public libraries are

  • Title: Improbable Libraries: A Visual Journey to the World's Most Unusual Libraries
  • Author: Alex Johnson
  • ISBN: 9780226263694
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Improbable Libraries: A Visual Journey to the World's Most Unusual Libraries By Alex Johnson How do you use your local library Does it arrive at your door on the back of an elephant Can it float down the river to you Or does it occupy a phone booth by the side of the road Public libraries are a cornerstone of modern civilization, yet like the books in them, libraries face an uncertain future in an increasingly digital world Undaunted, librarians around the glHow do you use your local library Does it arrive at your door on the back of an elephant Can it float down the river to you Or does it occupy a phone booth by the side of the road Public libraries are a cornerstone of modern civilization, yet like the books in them, libraries face an uncertain future in an increasingly digital world Undaunted, librarians around the globe are thinking up astonishing ways of reaching those in reading need, whether by bike in Chicago, boat in Laos, or donkey in Colombia Improbable Libraries showcases a wide range of unforgettable, never before seen images and interviews with librarians who are overcoming geographic, economic, and political difficulties to bring the written word to an eager audience Alex Johnson charts the changing face of library architecture, as temporary pop ups rub shoulders with monumental brick and mortar structures, and many libraries expand their mission to function as true community centers To take just one example the open air Garden Library in Tel Aviv, located in a park near the city s main bus station, supports asylum seekers and migrant workers with a stock of 3,500 volumes in sixteen different languages Beautifully illustrated with two hundred and fifty color photographs, Improbable Libraries offers a breathtaking tour of the places that bring us together and provide education, entertainment, culture, and so much From the rise of the egalitarian Little Free Library movement to the growth in luxury hotel libraries, the communal book revolution means you ll never be far from the perfect next read.
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    1. Chris on said:

      Very cool look at the many, many different ways that libraries reach people and people reach libraries around the world.

    2. Jessica on said:

      Beautiful and enlightening book on many different ways literacy is reaching the far parts of the world.

    3. Kermit on said:

      Chock full of photographs of every imaginable kind of library Mobile libraries not just bookmobiles but also libraries on boats, bikes, motorcycles, carts libraries carried about by animals camels, donkeys, horses, elephants , tiny libraries fancy fancy libraries in rich people s homes Lots of libraries.The tiny library concept is super cool to me I like the ones in regular neighborhoods that are in people s front yards as well as the ones that are housed in obsolete phone booths in large cities [...]

    4. Wendy on said:

      Geweldig boekje voor de bibliotheekliefhebber Uiteraard maar een kleine selectie, maar wel eentje van heel bijzondere bibliotheken, met leuke foto s en een woordje uitleg Het maakt nieuwsgierig en zet je aan om zelf op zoek te gaan naar nog meer van die bibliotheken Inspirerend om te zien hoe overal ter wereld mensen h n manier vinden om een bibliotheek in te richten, hoe klein en vreemd het soms is Absolute aanrader voor iedereen die van bibliotheken houdt

    5. Ann on said:

      This is the type of book that book lovers like myself will devour with shining eyes, while others will shrug it off This is all about unusual libraries There are some incredibly fancy modern design libraries showcased here, as well as hotels, bars and inns that have either their own library or function as an outpost of the local public library But my favorites are the clever ways that book minded idealists have found to bring the books to the people in those areas or situations where the people [...]

    6. Sarah Hayes on said:

      A really wonderful and fascinating look at unconventional library spaces around the world Would recommend to fellow library science students or librarians who are interested in critically examining what makes a library and how we make our collections accessible to different patron groups.

    7. Stewart Tame on said:

      This was a fun book As you d surmise from the title, this is chock full of gorgeous photos of interesting and unusual libraries If it were larger, it would qualify as a coffee table book Some of these seem, to me at least, like vacation destinations in the making I also found the chapter on travelling libraries fascinating using various types of pack animals to travel to remote villages, or boats to bring books to remote lighthouses and inlets This book helps one appreciate the universal power o [...]

    8. Mary Ronan Drew on said:

      The Improbable Libraries in this little book are those that display clever design Kansas City with it s book lined facade , are located in unusual places the airport in Amsterdam , or move about the library that travels by elephant in rural Asia and the burro libraries of South America The pictures are lovely, but because of the small size of the book they are not at their best The text is just basic explanation Nonetheless, I enjoyed this tour through the world s most unusual and in some cases [...]

    9. Jacques on said:

      Bibliotheken van de 21ste eeuw In een telefooncel, op een boot, in een bakfiets, in openlucht, op het strand, in het hotel en de supermarkt Bibliotheken van de meest eenvoudige tot het architecturale meesterwerk Allemaal hebben ze een ding gemeen volwassenen, ouders, kinderen, daklozen, gevangenen, zieken, kort iedereen aan te moedigen om te lezen Fraai ge llustreerd boek om ge nteresseerd te lezen en later bij beetjes van te genieten.

    10. Alison Smith on said:

      A Thames Hudson cloffee table book glossy paper, pics than text I loved it Libraries situated in trees yes, really in old unused Britiszxh red phone boxes, pop up libraries in parks mobile libraries per camel, mule, bus An encouraging, fun book Viva Libraries

    11. Katie on said:

      This unique photojournalistic survey of the world s libraries was a joy to flip through And it wasn t just your official county library eitherfar from it It included big libraries, small libraries think the tiny house trend , mobile libraries, little free libraries, art depictions of libraries, and not libraries shelves of books stuck randomly in pubs, cafes, and pharmacies.What struck me most about this book was how global, and universal, is this human desire to not only read, but exchange book [...]

    12. Scottsdale Public Library on said:

      What lover of books does not also enjoy books about books, bookstores, libraries and all things biblio Especially lush tomes filled with awe inspiring photographs Well, this book is one of those, although smaller and chunkier than your usual coffee table offering It is, however, filled with photographs ofwell, yes, Improbable Libraries These include libraries transported by a variety of animals, home libraries, libraries large and small, as well as a number of not libraries Intrigued Check out t [...]

    13. Kari Eggerling on said:

      2018 Reading Challenge 27 A Book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift 37 A Book you meant to read in 2017 but didn t get to 39 A Book that involves a bookstore or libraryA tour of places around the world that bring people together and provide education, entertainment, culture, renewal to derelict or underused areas Great photographs of all of the libraries.

    14. Sydney on said:

      4.75 a book about books what could be better this book showed tons of cool, out of the ordinary libraries all over the world, and it was really interesting to learn how people obtain books in different communities the photography was beautiful and i highly recommend this to anyone who likes books, especially books about books.

    15. Curt Bobbitt on said:

      This remarkable book has dozens of photographs of libraries of all sorts and the people who use them public, university, pub, beach, and virtual their access points Short descriptions in seven chapters and captions enhance the experience of browsing the book.

    16. Rachel on said:

      A fun collection of photos depicting exactly what the title describes delightfully unusual libraries from around the world If you thought a library was just a building full of books, prepare to have your imagination expanded

    17. Amanda on said:

      Fun little book to browse lots of mobile libraries on bikes, donkeys, elephants , tiny libraries phone booths, refrigerators, little free libraries , and unusual location libraries subway stations, hotel lobbies, tree houses Lots of ideas on how to get books into peoples hands

    18. Sarah on said:

      Improbable Libraries may be rather interesting for people interested in or new to libraries I had seen most of that info before, although not so conveniently grouped in one handy volume And I definitely think self serve library branches in town pubs are an idea all of us Yankees should embrace.

    19. EllieDynek on said:

      I ve definitely come up with a few travel destinations, both continental and international, that I need to check out at some point in my literary career

    20. Peter on said:

      What a fine collection of unusual libraries.That s the rest of lifes holidays sorted out

    21. Ella on said:

      I chose to read this book as part of my professional development I was pleasantly surprised that this book, in addition to pictures, offered a lot of useful, detailed information about the evolution of libraries Don t get me wrong there were a lot of a pictures But the pictures are cleverly labeled for easy understanding It was a fun and enjoyable, yet enlightening read.The book itself does a wonderful job highlighting the necessity of libraries as it explores the many shapes, sizes, locations, [...]

    22. Joseph Rizzo on said:

      A mostly pictorial look at all things library, but there is some substance to the information provided as well You may have a picture in your mind of what a library is, but after taking a look at this, your picture will have broadened quite at bit You will be impressed with the lengths that people across the world, and across all cultures go to, to make books accessible to all people Reading is one of the great treasures that we have in this world and this is a celebration of all of those who wo [...]

    23. Bri on said:

      The truth is that anywhere people gather has the potential to be a library location.That s it That s the book Wellnda There are other points made but it all seems to come back to the idea that what makes a library a library is the effort to bring people together in a shared space with the goal of creating and enriching a Community Nitpicky ness on the format of the book would mostly just revolve around the categories of libraries discussed I was confused to see both Libraries on the Move and Mob [...]

    24. Jo Dunn on said:

      Libraries are malleable for lack of a better term Bibliophiles, and those they serve, can make getting books to like minded readers DOABLE Improbable Libraries A Visual Journey to the World s Most Unusual Libraries is a testament to that premise Via a plethora of INCREDIBLE photos along with information about each this little book proves, beyond a doubt, that books and libraries are absolutely necessary to the quality of human life Before my time on the planet is o er, I want to read a book that [...]

    25. Travis Mueller on said:

      I don t remember how exactly this book caught my eye, but working in a library it is an obvious choice for me to read It is a very fun book, with good photography that really helps convey the uniqueness of some of these libraries My main critique is that I would like to have even pictures in some cases I like that there is such variety depicted I was familiar with the general idea of animal delivered or other forms of mobile libraries, but in the US the animal ones are a bit a thing of the pas [...]

    26. Mayda on said:

      When we think of libraries, the image that most often comes to mind is one of buildings with many shelves of books, where you may check out items only if you are a resident with a valid library card But this book illustrates that libraries come in many shapes and sizes, for borrowing or trading, a library card or proof of residence not needed Libraries may be boxes on the street, or in phones booths, in trees, or on boats They may be brought to you on horses, by elephants, by canoe, or by vans o [...]

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