July 2013

Moving Forward

Recently, I watched a webinar about current building and design trends in public libraries. It presented the major trends as: user-centric spaces, flexible and adaptable spaces, collaborations inside and out, and a focus on experiential learning. Within those categories we were presented with the vision of public libraries that are highly engaging, interactive for all ages (not just children), and filled with collections that are no longer physically the core architectural feature of the space(s).

 
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Dog Days of Summer

During this heat wave, it's hard to complain about being inside in the air conditioning.  But one of the best parts of living in Rhode Island is getting to the beach.  And so I've spent some time this sunny Saturday while I'm stuck inside looking through our image collection at pictures of summer fun at the beach over time and daydreaming of tomorrow when I'll be out enjoying it myself.

 
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John's Book

It's a little late for the July 4th celebrations, but here are a few images from an item in our World War II propaganda collection. This is a coloring book produced for children and including its own two-sided pencil that fits into a sleeve in the spine (it colors in red or blue, naturally). We have four copies (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese).

 
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In Celebration of the Fourth of July

The Rhode Island Collection has over 75 published pamphlets and printed speeches related to the celebration of Independence Day going back as early as 1788.  Rhode Islanders have a storied tradition of celebrating Fourth of July - most especially in Bristol where the city hosts the oldest annual official celebration in the country dating back to 1785.

 
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