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Courtney Thompson, research fellow (Left) and Emily Miranker, Events and Projects Manager (Right), reached for the same striped dress this morning!  Photo taken by Allison Piazza, Reference Services and Outreach Librarian, in the New York Academy of Medicine Library's Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading Room.

No More and No Less

[No Angel] [No Comebacks] [No More and No Less]

pairing: rafael casal x reader

request: many many (very…enthusiastic) requests for part 3 of no angel

summary: rafa has been teasing reader while she has work to do, then reader returns the favor

warnings: swearing, smut, dirty talk, face fucking, D/s

word count: 4,938

a/n: part three of the “No Angel” series. will make sense without the first two parts, but i suggest you read them first. this is mostly just smut, and i would say sorry except that i really am not. it goes without saying that i still want rafael casal to bone me. happy reading.

“There’s no way that Professor Hopewell expects this paper to be completely coherent,” Ava groans, a hand threading into her hair in frustration. “A comparison of Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Nabokov? It’s apples and fucking oranges.”

“They’re both Russian,” you offer up meekly. Truth be told, you have no clue how you’re supposed to tie them together. All you know was that this paper is worth thirty percent of your grade, and you can’t afford to get anything less than a B.

“They’re from different time periods,” she huffs, flipping angrily through the pages of Anna Karenina.

You don’t respond to her, instead sinking back into the novel open in front of you. Thoughts of your lazy morning flood into your head, and you struggle to tear your mind away from the way Rafa had woken you up by slipping under the covers and settling between your naked thighs. You’re marking a particularly interesting passage with a sticky note when your phone buzzes on the table.

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Sephardic Journeys: Bar Mitzvah Speech

The rare books and artifacts in this exhibit, Sephardic Journeys, reflect a rich tradition of scholarship and culture shaped by migrations, and they invite, in turn, reflection upon the physical, emotional and spiritual journeys of Jewish history. 

Item above:
Bar Mitzvah Speech
Morris Tarragano
(New York, 1933)
Ladino, English

Morris Tarragano’s family, as many Sephardim after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, immigrated to the West. A second generation American, Tarragano was a native speaker of English and Ladino, which was used both for sacred and secular speech. This Bar Mitzvah address was written first in Ladino and then transcribed into English, a sign of the changing linguistic preferences of American Sephardim.
Gift of the author, Mr. Morris Tarragano

Excerpt from the speech From Hank Halio’s Ladino Reveries: Tales of the Sephardic Experience in America, pp. 66-68

Dear Father, Mother, Grandfather, Grandmother and Honored Guests:

Thirteen years ago I first saw the light of this world. During these thirteen years your thoughts have been on me. I look back on the years of my childhood with great pleasure. For years you watched over me with great care. Days that were enlightened for me through the sincere eyes of my dear mother, and guided through the advice of my dear father. Today I understand all the work you have done for me until now and how much work and anxiety I caused you.

Thirteen years of my life have passed and according to Jewish law, I am Bar Misvah (of age), a son of the Alliance of Israel, and I am considered among the responsible. Today I turn an entirely new page in the story of my life. A path of duty and activity is unfolded before me. Childhood, with its sweet dreams, is no longer with me. The solemnity of life with its fears and hopes confront me. There are difficulties in life. What will support and sustain me to live with love and dignity? What will save and prevent me from falling into sin? Nothing but the faith and belief in God.

Sephardic Journeys is on view through June 2015 in The David Berg Rare Book Room. Sephardic Journeys has been supported by a generous grant from The David Berg Foundation and was created by the Center for Jewish History with American Sephardi Federation. 

To see other artifacts from Sephardic Journeys click here: http://16thstreet.tumblr.com/tagged/Sephardic-Journeys


Sometimes scanning to preserve and provide access to maps is easy, sometimes it is a group effort!

This 1870 map of Japan took a minute to piece together. It has been sitting in a folder, in a drawer, in our Rare Books and Maps Room for who knows how long. What a magnificent historical resource. We wonder if the extents of islands remains the same with sea change.

We also admire the detailed typography of the labeling across the many islands of the map. 

We wish we could say more about this map, but we just don’t know. There is a note that the American Geographical Society acquired it in 1875. Can you speak Japanese? Do you know anything about this map or its historical context?

“Japan [1870?]

[Large map of Japan, in Japanese. In four sheets, as follows: 

Section covering Hokkaido 61x76
Section covering Hondo 61x89
Section covering Kiushu etc. 54x75
Sakhalin 32x80


anonymous asked:

Hi Stephanie, I'm at Oxford for a term as a visiting student and have been looking for quiet study spots. I don't work well in large reading rooms padded by the incessant banging of keyboards. Since you must be a lot more familiar with the nooks and cranes of the Bodleian libs, I was wondering if you could recommend some places (besides study carrels) where I could be a peaceful hermit with her reading. Thank you thank you thank you!

Hmmm. You may want to check first if your college library has any nooks & crannies that often go unused as a first option. If not, here are a few recommendations, though I want to preface by saying that the amount of noise in any given library (coughing, papers rustling, laptops, etc.) in Oxford is largely a function of what time you’re in the library. (Also, you might have thought of this already, but earplugs–the foam ones from Boots–also do the trick in a pinch.) In my experience, the Bodleian/other major libraries are busiest from the hours of 10:30-4:30 PM. 

  1. Laptop-free sections of the Bodleian reading rooms. Ask a librarian where these are in each library if you aren’t sure. I know for sure there are a fair amount in the Upper Radcliffe Camera, the SHist section, so have a wander. (If by any chance someone has been naughty & is using a laptop, let a librarian know and they will move them to another part of the library without incident.) 
  2. Silent study pods in the Social Science Library. These sound pretty perfect for you.
  3. Top floor of the English Faculty Library. Hardly anyone goes up there because it’s laptop-free! 
  4. China Centre Library has individual booths for study and a separate no-laptops reading room with a closed door.
  5. Radcliffe Science Library Reading Room. I’ve heard it gets cold in the winter but more science students who do their work by hand (and also have labs & can’t camp out all day necessarily) = less laptops & more quiet.
  6. The Sackler (Classics library). When it’s busy, it’s busy, but in quieter hours (early morning; evening) it’s excellent, and the circular shape + bookshelves being made out of quite thick metal means sound is easily muffled.
  7. Upper Reading Room is generally quiet in the early morning or evening, plus being so high up (as opposed to the Lower Rad Cam, for instance) means there is absolutely no noise coming from the outside. Many of its regular readers are above the age of 25 and thus usually go home after 5 pm, so definitely consider this for evening or early morning use. There’s also no better validation than being one of the first people in the Bod, incidentally.
  8. Duke Humfrey. Again, not laptop free, but as it’s a rare books room and not for regular use, it’s quieter than the reading rooms generally are. There’s an old woman who angrily hushes people if they type too loudly.
  9. See if there’s a book you need to reference that is only available in a college library. This is a really good way to get into a college library to study, as they’ll let you into the library to reference one book because you won’t have borrowing rights (one time only though, usually, unless you can make an excuse for needing to see it again.) This can also be done if you have a friend at another college. Many college libraries are huge, sparsely populated, deathly quiet. Off the top of my head, Lady Margaret Hall has several quiet desks with beautiful views; St. John’s is creaky but hushed, & when I was there, there were only two other people (I couldn’t hear anything they were doing); Wadham has several reading rooms (think an art history one?)
  10. The Oxford Union. If you’re not a member sometimes the gate is open. Its library is small and full of laptop-users, but the rooms (downstairs and the few upstairs) are generally not in use, if you’d like to take up residence for a few hours. Not all of them have wifi but they are deathly quiet. 

I’ll edit this as I think of more but hopefully this’ll start you off!

Caroline wanted to show me the Rosenbach Library and they were having a detective novel exhibit and holding a mini-mystery thing and we were arguing over who was Holmes and who was Watson–neither of us wanted to be Holmes–and then I figured out the major part of the mystery and got so fucking excited because I never figure out that shit. I mean it’s for precocious 8 year olds but I won a pen.

Then we went to the Free Library for the next part but we couldn’t do it because the rare book room was closed but IT WAS SO COOL AND LEMONY SNICKET ISH THAT I HAVE TO GO BACK THERE AND DO IT.


A Pavilion for the Arts

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center houses one of the most important collections of its kind in the world—a spectacular trove of musical scores, recordings, and books on theater, music, and dance. This public resource was envisioned by Lincoln Center’s board “to serve as a tool for education and as a creative stimulus for new performance.” Completed in 1965, SOM designed the building to contain general reading rooms, radio and television studios, conference and rare book rooms, an auditorium, and a children’s library and museum. Giant square concrete columns form a peristyle around the core of the building to create a temple-like pavilion, overlooking a reflecting pool with a sculpture by Henry Moore.

dangerousmoonlightt-deactivated  asked:

I realllly want to meet you in NYC but I'm nervous because 1. I am the most awkward human 2. I've never been to a book signing ( shame on me i know ) and 3. I'm nervous there's going to be so many people I won't get to meet you

It’s totally okay to be nervous. 

1. I doubt you are the most awkward human, but even if you are, you are among friends. Writers and readers are often solitary, often awkward. You’ll be among book lovers, in the Strand rare books room (so beautiful and full of treasures!) and this is a very good place to be exactly as you are. 

2. It’s truly like a very nice party of people who all happen to be into the same thing. You can sit and start reading right away (I’ve done this). Or you can have a stroll around the room, have a waffle. (I am determined that there will be waffles). Jesse and I will talk books for a bit, then I’ll answer questions from the audience, then the signing will start. 

3. You will absolutely get to meet me. Your ticket (keep an eye out for tickets!) guarantees you a book, admission, and a spot in line. I’ll stay until I get to chat with everyone and sign all of the books. My guess is we’ll call people up in shifts so that you don’t have to stand in line the whole time. We usually try to have some activities too—a photo booth, fake tattoos, something like that. (And waffles!) Or again, you can just sit and read. 

When you get to the front, I’m going to be psyched to see you because here’s the thing: Whenever I do a signing, I get really worried that no one will show up. I can’t help it. It’s like throwing a birthday party and wondering if anyone will come or you’re just going to be sitting there with a lot of cake, going full Havisham. So I am delighted and grateful when people like you brave their nerves and the traffic and come say hello.  

Tell me you’re dangerousmoonlight on tumblr. Tell me your favorite character. Or just hand me a note that says, “I’m the most awkward human.” 

I hope you can make it! And don’t forget, the Strand event is ticketed, so keep an eye on this page

Thanks to librarian Lindsay Morecraft for supplying perfectly themed thumbs for this shot.

Facsimile edition of the 15th century (ca. 1460-1477), heart-shaped Chansonnier de Jean de Montchenu (Ms. Occ. Rothschild 2973) housed in the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Polyphonic chansons for 2-4 voices.
Choir book is in the shape of a heart. Issued in leather case (23 cm.).
Contains Middle French and Italian secular pieces by or attributed to Barbingant, Fedé, Bedingham, Dufay, Dunstable, Binchois, Frye, Busnois, Caron, Cornago, Ghizeghem, Morton, Ockeghem, Vincenet and others.
One of 1380 numbered copies signed by a notary.

Rita Benton Music Rare Book Room FOLIO M2 .C428 2010
University of Iowa.


We filmed in the rare book room of the Library Archives today - an episode about John James Audubon, in celebration of his upcoming birthday and in commemoration of his wonderful life full of weird behaviors, tall tales, and fabulous curly locks of golden hair. 

Katie and I spent quite a bit of time with our noses hovering near the spines of three-hundred year old books, inhaling the smells of musty pages, worn leather, history, knowledge. 

I love my job.