This weekend, I read this story about two women whose lives had some odd coincidences. Friends for over 36 years, they both wound up becoming librarians. And they both wound up saving the lives of dozens of students during school shootings. Their story is amazing, and heartbreaking. Read about it here:
Diana Heneski, librarian at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Photo courtesy of Reuters.
Like many of the buildings in Ljubljana, the national library was designed by Joze Pleznic, and he envisioned the outside windows to look like open books, while the inside would be like entering a temple of knowledge. The library is currently featuring an exhibit “The Black Art in Color: painted and printed images in Middle Ages Incunabula”. You can view several manuscripts from the 1400s, and then try your hand at your own drawing!
The exterior of the National Library
Inside is like being in a Greek temple of knowledge
Where do you store your books in a city that floods several times a year? In boats and bathtubs, of course.
Don’t worry, these books will float!
These damaged books make a great staircase to see the canal.
Some people like reading in the bathtub!
Perfect timing on this shot!
Today I walked around Bologna University, the oldest extant university in the world. Founded in 1088, famous scholars such as Petrarch, Dante Alighieri, Thomas Becket, Pope Alexander VI, Erasmus, Albrecht Durer, Copernicus, and Marconi all studied there. I visited the library reading room and the Caronti card catalog, both amazing.
Organized by subject bust
A page from the card catalog