National Book Festival 2017

One of my favorite things about going back to school in the fall is that it means it’s time for the National Book Festival! And it’s a good thing they moved it to the Walter Washington Convention Center a few years ago, because this year we had Continue reading

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National University Library, Ljubljana Slovenia

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

Oldest University in the World 

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. 

Reading Room

Organized by subject bust

A page from the card catalog

Card catalog