Musing Mondays (April 20th)

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme, hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm, that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…



THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Do you use your local library? What do you like (or dislike) most about it?

Answer:  I definitely use my local library! It is a small and delightful library, and it is connected to a consortium of 19 public and academic libraries where I can take out books, DVDs, and anything else I want. I can order them to be delivered to my “home” library, or I can pick them up at the other libraries (which I love doing because seeing other libraries is fun), and if I want I can return them to my local library when I’m finished! This gives me a wonderful chance to find interesting books and movies. 

Also, these libraries have many interesting events on their calendars — book clubs, author visits, Toastmasters, knitting groups, yoga, movies, games, etc. in which members can participate.

Vintage Library Posters, Part 1

The Federal Art Project ran from 1935 to 1943. This project was run through the New Deal Works Progress Administration Federal One, to encourage fine artists to create art during the Depression.

Many fine works of art were created during this time, by such top artists as Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton. You can see some of them here.



This program provided jobs for out-of-work artists and art was created for libraries, schools, and hospitals.

See more of them at The Library of Congress.

Here are some vintage library posters from the WPA Art Project in Chicago.

The posters included in this post were created by Arlington Gregg.

Literary Lions and New York Public Library Turn 100!



The two beloved literary lions, Patience and Fortitude, who guard the magnificent New York Public Library, are iconic figures in New York City.

The photo at the top of this post are Patience and Fortitude in the snow during a winter storm in 1948. I love them! Anyway, the lions (and the library) are celebrating their 100th birthday this weekend!

The library has celebrated by having lions — made of Lego bricks! — on display (at least for this weekend). See the video below (you might have to keep clicking it since it seems to buffer a great deal):



I heart these lion bookends. I hope some day to have them:

If you love these bookends, you can purchase them here.
You can read more about the lions here.

You can see more videos about the Library on their YouTube page here.

Both the header photo and the photo at the top of this post are in the public domain.