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Journal of Libra
ry Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 1, 2013
Volume 4, Issue 1, 2013
Football: An Innovative Way to Attract Teenagers to the Library
Ngozi E. Osadebe
Faculty of Agriculture Librarian and Secretary of Children’s
University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Attracting teenagers to libraries has always been a challenge. To do this, the Children’s
Centre Library of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka
combined a book club with a football
club and made active library membership a prerequisite for joining.
Former Walmart Transformed Into Modern Library Space
When Walmart vacated this large warehouse building, the abandoned space sat empty for quite a while before Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle decided to do something about it. The architecture firm transformed the former retail store, located in McAllen, Texas, into a huge, functioning library.
124,500 square feet of space on one single level now features not only shelves and shelves of books, but also sectioned off spaces to read, community meeting rooms, a children’s library, and a staff area. The main ceiling is covered with a patterned wood design while the community space boasts a bright orange floor and walls to separate the space. The modern design provides an intimate and friendly location for neighbors to gather together and get lost in a good book.
The firm was honored with the American Institute of Architects’ highest honor for architecture and the judges stated that “The McAllen Main Library represents an important shift in American cultural attitudes toward tolerating big box, suburban structures. The design team signaled that 21st-century attitudes toward design are evolving quickly.”
Cute Dress Design Created Out of Old Book Pages
If you are always looking for something good to read, then this dress is for you! Redditor jorimoo recently created this detailed garment design completely out of the pages of an old book. Rather than leaving them to collect dust on a shelf, this seems like as good a purpose as any for pages that are, in this digital world, becoming more and more obsolete.
The dress design is quite intricate, featuring several layers of ruffles in the skirt as well as in the fitted bodice. Additionally, overlapping accordion folds on the bust create a stylish fanning effect. One can only imagine that you must be very careful walking around in such a fragile outfit. Jorimoo is seen in the photos, modeling the dress at a readers and writers festival. Seems like an appropriate outfit for such a literary event!
Researching your family history is so popular that National Family History Week will now run for the entire month of August! The Library is just the place to get you started. We’re offering a series of free introductory programs, starting from 6 August.
Image: Colonial family portrait, ca. 1860s / watercolour by R. Grindell