April 2nd, 2014

Harvard Discovers Three Of Its Library Books Are Bound In Human Flesh

From Roadtrippers:

A few years ago, three separate books were discovered in Harvard University’s library that had particularly strange-looking leather covers. Upon further inspection, it was discovered that the smooth binding was actually human flesh… in one case, skin harvested from a man who was flayed alive.

As it turns out, the practice of using human skin to bind books was actually pretty popular during the 17th century. It’s referred to as Anthropodermic bibliopegy and proved pretty common when it came to anatomical textbooks. Medical professionals would often use the flesh of cadavers they’d dissected during their research.

One of the books includes an inscription in purple cursive:

"The bynding of this booke is all that remains of my dear friende Jonas Wright, who was flayed alive by the Wavuma on the Fourth Day of August, 1632. King Mbesa did give me the book, it being one of poore Jonas chiefe possessions, together with ample of his skin to bynd it. Requiescat in pace."

January 16th, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Lake View Branch Library, Circa June 9th, 1942

The Lake View Branch Library was designated a bomb shelter at its opening on September 12, 1942. Large barrels of crackers and emergency supplies were found in the basement of the building nearly 40 years later, as the Library was preparing the building for renovation. The box-like 1940s architecture of the Lake View Branch Library’s facade changed with a 1988 renovation: a glassed greenhouse-style loggia with an entrance ramp to the building’s brick front was constructed, along with a new elevator, a first floor children’s library, and a new auditorium. The library’s name was changed at the opening of the newly renovated building to the John Merlo Branch Library, after a past Alderman and State Senator.

September 16th, 2013

Her First Library Card!

This young lady just got her first library card at our Bookmobile, which is serving Albany Park patrons in the North Park University parking lot while their new library is being built.

September 12th, 2013

If Famous Writers Had Instagram

From PSFK:

Buzzfeed has create Instagram accounts for some of the most memorable writers such as Leo Tolstoy, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, and Charles Bukowski.

The pictures posted on behalf of the writers gives people an idea of what these literary geniuses might get up to in their spare time. Some of the amusing posts include Tolstoy posting a picture of his freshly made vegetarian borscht, Hemingway confessing his love for cats, and unsurprisingly, Bukowski talking about his drinking.

Presented in a way that might make people question their opinion of classic literature and the people who wrote it, the idea could even turn some people on to the idea of picking up a book by one of these iconic writers.

Click here to see more famous writer’s fake Instagram accounts!

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