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#that time the diffusion spell didn’t work on eve

'Pinocchio' Video Glimpses Disney's Animation Research Library
Each of the meticulously drawn frames of an animated movie flashes by in a fraction of a second, but at Disney’s Animation Research Library they’re given the star treatment. In a recent…

Preserving the legacy of Disney animation. “In a recent behind-the-scenes video to promote next week’s Pinocchio Blu-ray release, manager of research Fox Carney pulls back the curtain on the facility where Disney’s vast collection of animation artwork is archived.”

The Start of a Library Cards Project

You are invited to contribute your library branch’s library card to an on going art project. This project seeks to catalog library cards from all over the globe. This blog will feature the graphics on the library cards and omit any barcodes. To be featured on the Library Cards Catalog please send one of your library cards to:

Attn: Virginia Cononie
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Include the following information:

  • Name of Library
  • Informational Blurb about Library
  • Library Website
  • Library Contact (Name and email)
  • Library Card (unregistered, voided, blank, incredibly unusable!)

Your card will be featured on the site: librarycardscatalog.tumblr.com with a picture of the card and text received. For questions, Please see ask.


Halloween mega post pt. 1! You guys are super creative and adorbs! Me and my lazy witch-hat-headband salute you!

1. Halloween Costume. Competitive Intelligence Librarian, Law Library, New York. I needle-felted the planets (and Pluto!) for the crown. Everything else, I already owned! First place in the office costume contest!
2. Young Adult Librarian, Public Library, Georgia
3. VPL Special Collections - Halloween. Public library, Canada
4. Library Services Specialist, 6th-12th grade library, California. Steampunk!Captain Marvel.
5. Emily Davenport, Librarian, Carter High School, Strawberry Plains, TN USA
6. I am the YA Library Associate in the Southeast Anchor Library of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the public city library serving the citizens of Baltimore, Maryland. I’m here channeling Billie Joe Armstrong from the band Green Day!
7. Sally, Snow White, a back cat and the Grim Reaper. We are all part of the Publishing and Depository Services team with Public Works, Government of Canada. Sally is our Systems Librarian and the rest of us are Cataloguing and Acquisitions.
8. EVE celebrates Halloween at the Freeport Public Library with tiny WALL-E at my belt, plant in boot, and glowing green plant badge.
9. Dressed as Belle for my archivist job at an academic library in MA aujourd’hui. #bibliophile
10. Library Director, public library, Tennessee, USA. My goth tendencies made a Minnie Mouse costume very easy to throw together.


As our review of the bookplate collection winds down we share a last post on the subject. These are three of the personal bookplates of the well-known engraver and bookplate artist William Fowler Hopson (1849-1935). Hopson’s work is typically characterized by its chiaroscuro lighting and realism, often depicting pastoral or medieval scenes. However, some of the bookplates he designed, including his own, indicate that he was capable of producing surreal, playful pieces as well. 

In the third plate shown here, Hopson represents his physical person as both a screaming, disembodied elf head and as a scarecrow supported by the tools of his trade (pens, pencils, brushes). The plate contains several literary allusions; Don Quixote and his ‘slain giant’ can be seen to the left of the scarecrow, a truncated and altered Longfellow quote is attributed to “Shortfellow,” and there are books jutting into the scene from all sides. Also, Hopson couldn’t resist including a couple of puns - “Solemn Munn” and “[Bees]NESS NOTICE.”


Happy (almost) St. Patrick’s Day from The Cleveland Public Library!

We’re getting ready for shenanigans here at the Cleveland Public Library, so we thought we’d post some pages from one of the highlights of our Special Collections department.  This is a facsimile copy of The Book of Ballymote.  

The Book of Ballymote is a 501 page manuscript written by scribes in 1391. Ballymote Castle in County Sligo was the home of the McDonagh family, whose scribes wrote this book. It is written in the Ogham alphabet, an ancient form of written Celtic.

This manuscript has a long history of being stolen. It was held at the Library of Trinity College in Dublin from 1620 until 1767.  Mysteriously, the book disappeared from the library and traveled to France.  In 1785, it was returned to the Royal Irish Academy.  The Academy photographed the book and made 200 copies of the book in 1887.  The Special Collections Department of the Cleveland Public Library owns one of these copies.

The middle photo depicts scales or a key to the Ogham alphabet.  The bottom left photo is from the first page of the book and is probably a drawing of Noah’s Ark.

Go raibh maith agat to our colleague Stacie Brisker in Special Collections for all of her research on this great cultural treasure!