Thursday, 5 April 2012

Sepia Saturday's Library

Despite the amount of time I spend in the local libraries and my love of books this is what I found.

Unknown Library (?) Art
However at the British Library some works need translation.

Miniature of the martyrdom of Thomas Becket, and the beginning of his suffrage, Book of Hours
(18 January 2012 Source British Library manuscripts blog)

For the interior of a library the years have moved on.

Library - 1842
Perhaps the linguists among my readers can translate the description: Source - Eberhard Gailer: Neuer orbis pictus für die Jugend oder Schauplatz der Natur, der Kunst und des Menschenlebens. 5. Auflage, Reutlingen, Joh. Conr. Mäcken jun., 1842.

The source for may photos shown on Sepia Saturday is often the Library of Congress so here's another from there.

Low Library Rotunda - Columbia University, New York City - 1900-1910
 Then there is this shot where a Pets for Therapy dog was the star. The venue's a library.

Luka, a Bernese Mountain Dog in Yarm Library
 For more bookish library posts pay a visit to Sepia Saturday 120


26 comments:

Debbie McConnell said...

I said to my hubs the other night "you know sometimes, people pick the wrong picture for the words they write" I had been reading a poem which was full of feelings and emotions. The picture chosen with the poem was more erotic, seductive. In all honesty it ruined the poem.

I am very selective when I add photos to my post, I want it to represent my words, not give off another vision entirely.


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Little Nell said...

That first picture is a bit puzzling isn't it? I like the range you've given us, but Luka really looks the part- was he/she there to sniff out some good reading material?

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Bob, you did great on the library theme. I really don't have anything, so I am going to be off theme this week.

I am really enjoying your castle posts! You will have a book by the time you are done with April.

Happy SS,

Kathy M.

Theresa Milstein said...

What a nice mix of pictures.

Sarah Allen said...

Love libraries! Lovely pictures :)

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

Karen S. said...

Incredible Bob! Library is like one of my most favorite subjects! I still am visiting new ones! Can't get enough of them, and sometimes, as a child went to the library instead of the park! I was totally drawn to the photo you posted with this, in fact at first I thought before I opened it that this was another post for Carmi's TP! Great Sepia post! Thanks so much Bob.

Filip Demuinck said...

Very interesting pictures of the books and the dog is lovely.

Greetings,
Filip

Nicole said...

I like visiting libraries, particularly those where the staff is pleasant. That Thomas Becket, Book of Hours section of your post had me giggling....you are so right with that one.

I recently visited one of the Brooklyn libraries in New York, this week and got lost in a sea of poetry, short fiction and business reading. Oh, The Library! What a way to pass the time :)

~Nicole
Blog: The Madlab Post
@MadlabPost on Twitter

barbara and nancy said...

I love the looks of the Columbia University library. The next time I go to NY, I'll try to visit it. The NY public library is pretty fabulous, too. I love spending time there soaking up all the culture.
Nancy

Sarah Pearson said...

I swear, that top picture could be the motto for my life at times :-)

Linda said...

The top picture reminds me of the neon word art of Barbara Kruger. Challenging, provocative. The Book of Hours is so colorful but that picture of Becket's impending death is jarring amidst all that cheerful color!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob .. great selection of Library pics - all of them ... loved the dog though. Would love to see more and visit more libraries sometime!

Cheers Hilary

Wendy said...

The Rotunda at Columbia University is impressive. It really looks like a place for serious study.

Postcardy said...

I think that first image is interesting. It seems like it is more often the case that "the picture doesn't fit the words" than the other way around.

Alan Burnett said...

The whole joy of a library is the way it gathers together such a rich supply of source information and allows us to browse through it, jumping from subject to subject in a diverse - but related - way. Which is as near a perfect description of what you do in your blog as I can think of.

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

I agree with Alan browsing the library is now browsing the internet.
I still love my books.
QMM

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

The Book of Hours and similarly illuminated medieval books like that are real treasures. It was undoubtedly great that books became commonplace and available to all but at the same time we lost something special.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Nice variety for the Library theme- I didn't have a thing to offer, so I am just enjoying my SS blog hop this morning.

Kristin said...

I wonder if the first picture with the words was some sort of theme for something. I don't get it. Wonder if I could google and find out what was going on.

imagespast said...

A nice selection of library photos - I wonder what Luka thought of Yarm Library? I like old-fashioned libraries with wood panelling and big brass door handles the best :-)

Mike Brubaker said...

Recently while taking my dog to the dog park, I met a gentleman with a rottweiler who was a certified reading therapy dog. There was quite a lot of training involved for the dog to respond to children reading. But would librarians tolerate such a large dog in the library? I guess some do.

Bees Knees Daily said...

Enjoyed your selection of photos, especially the old photo of the Library of Congress. It's such a lovely building. Like the dog picture too. We have a therapy dog that visits our local library and the children love reading to him.

Jinksy said...

From illustrated manuscripts to Kindles... what a journey books have made...

Pat transplanted to MN said...

The Library therapy dog! Why not? Animals are as big a comfort as reading to many folks. A nice array of libraries you are showing here from sketch to archive...

TICKLEBEAR said...

And what is Luka's favorite book?
;)~
HUGZ

Titania said...

Bob, thank you you brought us too some interesting libraries. The hours books were so beautifully done with the decorations and writings. I wonder what the monks who mainly have written and decorated those books,would think of our E-books on laptops, ipads etc.?