HUZZAH! It is National Library Week, bookworms and library cats!!
And that means it is the perfect time of year to show some love to your local (and not local) Libraries, both in person and online. So, just as we took time to make a special post on Follow a Library Day last year, we’ve created ANOTHER master post to honor all the libraries we know so far on tumblr so that you can #followalibrary!!
Check out their tumblrs below and show them some love, bookworms! (Alphabetical by url)
Whew! There’s a LOT of you. :) But we now this list is just getting started! Feel free to keep the library love going by adding any libraries we missed/don’t know of yet! (And if you’re not following US already, well, what better time to start than this week? ;) Eh? Eh?) And, of course, never hesitate to visit your Library in person. We love seeing you! :)
Ever notice how librarians seem to really be into cats?
That’s not a coincidence.
Have you ever heard of library cats?
They’re domesticated cats that live in libraries worldwide.
It might seem like some strange new fad, but libraries and cats go way back – waaaaaaay back.
These furry librarians were first hired around 3rd century BCE at the Ancient Library of Alexandria by a librarian named Petsis to perform an invaluable job: to protect the library’s collection from pests like mice and rats, which are still a bane on libraries everywhere to this day (no matter how clean a library might be).
Here’s a few examples of feline librarians around the globe:
Israel, at Gulbenkian Library; Jerusalem, Israel
Dewey Readmore Books, at Spencer Public Library; Spencer, Iowa, US
NEOS, at the
Fairview Campus library of Grande Prairie Regional College; Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
(his namesake is the name of the online catalogue program used by a consortium of public and academic libraries across Alberta; my university library during my undergrad used it, actually)
Library Cat, at the University of Edinburgh Central Library; Edinburgh, Scotland
Kuzya, at the
Novorossiysk Public Library; Novorossiysk, Russia
He’s required to wear a bow tie because as the Assistant Librarian he has to look dapper on the job. (No, really).
When ISIS took control of Mosul and declared its caliphate in 2014, militants ransacked the city’s university and burned down its library, destroying hundreds of thousands of books and manuscripts.
The central library at the university, contained thousands of books in Arabic and English, historic maps and periodicals from the Ottoman era, along with ancient Islamic manuscripts, including a ninth-century Qur'an.
In Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, street markets have been organised to sell books, where locals have bought and donated towards replenishing the new Mosul library.
The global response has also been amazing! People have donated over 10.000 books to Mosul, from countries such as Australia, Europe and the United States. Organisers aim to collect 200,000 books for the reopening of the library.