The Reading Rocket Ship By Jorge Garza
Vintage War-Time Posters Promoting American Libraries
It’s fascinating to take a look through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's collection of posters and propaganda from the American Library Association, an organization founded in 1876 and still going strong in its quest to make libraries—both physical and digital—cultural hubs for learning and leisure.
Lots of the images on file are from efforts to increase book donations from civilians during WWI, then later from the Victory Book Campaign during WWII (anyone particularly interested should check out the the posts over at Books For Victory, which has some great background info).
Library Shelves That Are Meant To Be Climbed
Created by Monterrey-based firm Anagrama, the library in Conarte was designed to encourage children to love reading and learning.
The library was commissioned by Nuevo León’s Regional Council for Culture and Art and is located in Fundidora Park, which used to be a steelworks and foundry and was converted to a complex with gardens, museums, theme parks, convention centers, auditoriums, and cultural venues like the Conarte.
The site for the library is an old warehouse-like building and Anagrama took into consideration the ‘untouchable’ nature of the building and improve it aesthetically.
The library is designed to reflect the mountainous features of Monterrey itself, with geometric shelving that double as storage for books and as space for children to play with or without books. The bookshelves are covered in carpeting and kids can clamber over them and have fun while playing, learning or reading.
Anagrama also used bright colors to liven up the space and encourage imagination.
Colorized History - Mark Twain
Thanks to the folks at Colorizedhistory for creating this beautifully colorized photo of author, and very briefly Confederate 2nd Lieutenant, Mark Twain!