I read a really interesting article from AbeBooks.com recently about the strange, touching and sometimes valuable things booksellers have found wedged between the pages of books. These often mundane objects used as bookmarks, but long forgotten shed an eerie light on the lives and hopes of the book’s previous owners.
Adam Tobin, owner of Unnameable Books in Brooklyn, New York, has created a display inside his bookstore dedicated to objects discovered in books.
“It’s a motley assortment,” he said. “We’ve been doing it for about two years since opening the store. The display quickly took over the back wall and now it’s spreading to other places, and there’s a backlog of stuff that we haven’t put up yet. There are postcards, shopping lists, and concert tickets but my favorites are the cryptic notes. They are often deeply personal and can be very moving.”
As a school librarian this article prompted me to recall the strange (and sometimes gross) objects that I and my colleagues have found in books that have been returned to us. If anyone else has a story of strange objects found in books please let us know via the comments page below.
This week’s Website of the Week is bethinking.org. This site offers a wide range of critical articles on Christianity and comparative religion. Bethinking.org is divided into four main sections; Engage, Explore, Compare and Relate which provide intelligent, thought-provoking articles on religion, morals, and the meaning of life.
Cabra College Book Week 2014 got off to a great start this week with many activities for both staff and students. Each morning students have had a two question quiz and we’ve been displaying Book Week posters created by staff representing their favourite films that were adapted from books.
As is traditional staff were treated to an excellent Book Week Morning Tea in the Senior School Library. Some of the best dressed staff were photographed joining in with the 2014 Book Week theme, ‘Connect to Reading’.
Check out the links below for
The Children’s Book Council of Australia Books of the Year for 2014.
Checking out literary prize shortlists is a great way of introducing yourself to new, quality writing that you may not otherwise hear about. For more fantastic shortlists from worldwide literary prizes, click here
“Deep under the surface of a busy university library in central Sydney, robots are controlling a hidden bunker filled with books…” begins this amazing story of automation in a once conservative profession. Check out the ABC article here for the whole story.
Other libraries that use robotic retrieval methods include:
National Science Week runs all this week here at Cabra. Remember to check out the links below for our huge selection of Science Related books, DVDs and videofiles. And most importantly remember what They Might Be Giants have told us, “Science is Real”!
SciSeek:In this science search engine and directory, you’ll find the best of what the science web has to offer. Browse by category, search by keyword, and even add new sites to the listings.
Chem BioFinder:Register with PerkinElmer to check out the Chem BioFinder and look up information about chemicals, including their properties and reactions.
Biology Browser:Biology Browser is a great resource for finding research, resources, and information in the field of biology. You can also check out their Zoological Record and BIOSIS Previews.
Athenus:Athenus is an authority on science and engineering on the Web, sharing a directory and full-featured web search.
SciCentral:Use SciCentral as your gateway to the best sources in science. This site has a literature search, journals, databases, and other great tools for finding what you need.
Strategian:Strategian is a great place to find quality information in all fields of science. Featured resources include free full-text books, patents, and reports, as well as full-text journal and magazine articles, plus a special collection of Vintage Biology with important articles and books in biology.
Science.gov:In this government science portal, you can search more than 50 databases and 2,100 selected websites from 12 federal agencies. This is an incredible resource for millions of pages of U.S. government science information.
CERN Document Server:This organization for nuclear research serves up a great search and directory for experiments, archives, articles, books, presentations, and so much more within their documents.
Analytical Sciences Digital Library:Through the Analytical Sciences Digital Library, you’ll find peer-reviewed, web-based educational resources in analytical sciences, featuring a variety of formats for techniques and applications.
WorldWideScience:Use WorldWideScience.org as a global science gateway, offering excellent search results in the sciences, and even the option to select specific databases and find resources in your own language.
Click image for a full list of Science Related Books held in Cabra Libraries