Majel Barrett, the voice of the Starfleet computer on Star Trek, recorded an entire library of phonetic sounds before she died which allowed her voice to be used as the computer for future generations. news.avclub.com/the-late-…
After the Library of Congress was burned by the British in 1814, Thomas Jefferson offered his immense personal library as replacement but some opposed its contents. Jefferson wished all subjects available and his scholarly collection soon helped transform a niche library into a national library. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lib…
Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, refused to license his characters for toys or other products. He made an exception for a 1993 textbook, Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes, which is now so rare that only 7 libraries in the world have copies. A copy sold for $10,000 in 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea…
Today I learned about pack horse librarians that serviced the Appalachian communities (e.g., rural Kentucky) in the mid 1930s to early 1940s who were mostly women who rode on horses or mules to deliver library books to remote communities during the Great Depression. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac…
, Nalanda University library in India was destroyed in 1193 by invaders. The 700 year old institution attracted students and teachers from europe and asia. The fire that destroyed the library lasted 3 months and burnt about 9 million manuscripts. myindiamyglory.com/2017/0…
Over the 125 years of the New York Public Library's existence, the most checked-out books are: The Snowy Day, The Cat in the Hat, 1984, Where the Wild Things Are, To Kill a Mockingbird, Charlotte's Web, Fahrenheit 451, How to Win Friends..., Harry Potter 1, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar nypl.org/125/topcheckouts
Today I learned of a sword found in the River Witham in 1825 with a mysterious 18-letter inscription that has stumped researchers and caused the British Library to ask readers to help crack the code. usatoday.com/story/news/w…
Alexandria (Egypt) came to be regarded as the capital of knowledge and learning, in part because of the Great Library. It was unprecedented due to the scope and scale. According to popular description, an inscription above the shelves read: "The place of the cure of the soul." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lib…
Toronto’s two library branches have 250 musical instruments available for lending. In addition to grants, the Toronto Public Library also relies on instrument donations from the community and the instrument loans have β€œincreased usage” among other library materials nextcity.org/daily/entry/…
Despite the widespread modern belief that the Library of Alexandria was burned once and cataclysmically destroyed, the Library actually declined gradually over the course of several centuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lib…
Today I learned of Eleanor Jones, a librarian, who in 1916 created a chaperoned dormitory after noticing groups of vulnerable young women in search of Hollywood stardom were congregating in her library with no place to go. The Hollywood Studio Club eventually housed over 10,000 women - including Marilyn Monroe. messynessychic.com/2017/0…
Queen Victoria helped to create the first public library in Chicago by donating books after the Great Chicago Fire. chipublib.org/cpl-history…
Modern day numerals and Algebra were introduced by Fibonacci from a mathematical treatise in currently 'lost' library in Baghdad that dates back to 13th century. bbc.com/future/article/20…
The fire set by Caesar didn't actually destroy the Library of Alexandria. Only parts of it were damaged and the Library remained in operation for another ~300 years, until Emperor Aurelian destroyed it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lib…
The British Library must store one copy of every single book published in the UK and Ireland. It houses over 200,000,000 publications, adds 6 miles (9.65 km) of new shelf space a year, and receives over 8000 new publications each day en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Punxsutawney Phil (the Groundhog's Day groundhog) lives in a terrarium built into the children's section of the local public library roadsideamerica.com/story…
Despite publishing vast quantities of literature only three Mayan books exist today due to the Spanish ordering all Mayan books and libraries to be destroyed for being, "lies of the devil." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
The children's book "Goodnight Moon" was excluded by the NY Public Library for several decades because the book was despised by Anne Carroll Moore, the head children's librarian and influential author and book critic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
44 US states have libraries with 4.5" telescopes to loan out for free librarytelescope.org/loca…
There are tiny doors in the US Capitol Building that house water spigots; they were installed after an Xmas Eve fire in 1851 (which devastated the then collection of the Library of Congress) to help combat future potential fires and to clean the floors. youtu.be/aizDj6gp0g0
For decades, libraries refused to carry any Stratemeyer Syndicate books (publisher of Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys) considering them to be unworthy trash. Series books were considered to "cause 'mental laziness,' induce a 'fatal sluggishness,' and 'intellectual torpor.'" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
The solution to the world's largest math problem, calculated in 2016 using a supercomputer, takes up 200 TB of text (equal to the entire content of the world’s largest library). The award for solving the problem, posed in the 1980s, was $100, and was given to the three researchers who solved it techtimes.com/articles/16…
Today I learned about Nancy Dupree, an American-born woman who became known as the 'grandmother of Afghanistan.' Moving there in 1962 as a diplomat's wife, she spent the rest of her life in and around the country, collecting and saving documents and eventually founding a new library of Afghan history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nan…
Andrew Carnegie believed that public libraries were the key to self-improvement for ordinary Americans. Thus, in the years between 1886 and 1917, Carnegie financed the construction of 2,811 public libraries, most of which were in the US santamonica.gov/blog/look…
Today I learned of the sunkin library book burning memorial in Berlin, Germany. The library is built underground, is not accessible to the public, and can only be viewed through a glass plate that shows enough empty bookcases to hold 20,000 books, the amount burned in a book burning event on May 10, 1933. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
Ivy league schools all had ties to the Opium trade in the late 19th century with major benefactors using their drug money to fund libraries, societies and even Princeton itself. Undergrads even began running opium dens from Boston to New York until a Harvard student OD'd in 1889. thecrimson.com/article/20…
Today I learned of the "Tri-Phibian", a 1930s invention that was supposed to be able to traverse land, sea, and air. It ended up bursting into flames outside the Library of Congress and Capitol. thehillishome.com/2018/12…
George Washington borrowed The Law of Nations from the New York Society Library and didn't return it. Mount Vernon estate returned the book in 2010 (221 years overdue) after the Head librarian joked they were "not actively pursuing the overdue fines," they would appreciate having it back. rd.com/culture/overdue-li…
Every year, 25 movies and documentaries of historical, cultural or aesthetic significance are added to the US Library of Congress' National Film Registry for preservation after the National Film Preservation Act of 1988 was passed. As of last year, there are 775 films currently archived. loc.gov/programs/national…
The marble lions outside the New York Public Library were named Patience and Fortitude by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia during the Great Depression nypl.org/help/about-nypl/…
In 1959, police were called to a segregated library in S. Carolina when a 9yr-old Black boy refused to leave. He later got a PhD in Physics from MIT, and died in 1986, one of the astronauts aboard the space shuttle Challenger. The library that refused to lend him books is now named after him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
Bill Gates predicts that the growth of instructional software will replace textbooks. However, in a 2018 survey of college students, the trade publication Library Journal found that 75 percent say that reading print books is easier than e-books edsurge.com/news/2019-04-…
In the 1930s in Iowa, a cook created the Sloppy Joe. Based on research from Marilyn Brown at the Carnegie Library, this cooks name is thought to be Joe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slo…
In Norway, when book is published, Arts Council Norway purchases 1,000 copies for distribution to libraries – 1,500 copies if it’s a children’s book. norway.no/en/india/norway…
Today I learned about "Leonardo da Toenail", a man who went about the University of Southern California surreptitiously painting women's toenails as they studied in the library in the 1980s. Eventually a suspect was caught with 15 bottles of nail polish on him but disappeared before his hearing. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Dewey Readmore Books was a cat adopted by a public library in Spencer, Iowa. He was rescued after being abandoned in the library's book drop, and went on to achieve international fame as a library cat. Following his death, his obituary was featured in over 270 newspapers worldwide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dew…
There is a collection agency that specializes in collecting library late fees, and have collected over $1 billion in fines on behalf of 2,000 libraries pymnts.com/news/retail/20…
In order to get the fluid and cartoonish animations that 'Crash Bandicoot' required, programmers found a way to hack into the hardware of the Sony Playstation and exploited built-in code libraries to maximize the available memory for the game arstechnica.com/gaming/20…
Dolly Parton has a book gifting program called the Imagination Library, which gifts free books every month to children, from birth until school imaginationlibrary.com/au…
Norbert Pearlroth was the silent partner of Ripley's Believe It or Not. He was the soul researcher, answering 3000 letters a week, examining 7000 books a year, spending 10 hours a day, six days a week at the New York Library, and fluent in 14 languages. He produced 24 items a week for 52 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
It is estimated that 80 to 90 percent of all silent films are lost. According to research by Library of Congress only 14 percent of the 10,919 silent feature films released by major American studios between 1912 and 1929 is located and preserved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The community of Anacostia, one of the oldest residential areas in Washington, D.C, got the first public library built under the D.C. Public Works Program in 1956. The one-story, red brick modern-style library was designed by the same architect for the National Zoo dclibrary.org/node/719
Master of Puppets was the first metal album to be preserved by the US Library of Congress kqed.org/arts/11433819/me…
The blind librarian Jorge of Burgos from Umberto Eco's classic The Name of the Rose is a nod to the great author Jorge Luis Borges, who was a major influence on Eco. Borges was blind during his later years and was also the director of the National Library of Argentina. encyclopedia.com/arts/edu…
Today I learned about The Human Library, an international organization/movement started in 2000 and active in more than 80 countries where, instead of books you 'borrow' people. People with interesting and unique life stories volunteer to be the 'books' and share their experience and answer questions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The massive ancient library of Ninevah (think: Mesopotamian equivalent of the library of Alexandria) was burnt by the Medes. Unlike a library containing organic documents, the fires treated the ~30,000 clay tablets and preserved the cuneiform text very well rather than destroying it. ancient.eu/nineveh/
In ancient Egypt, under the decree of Ptolemy II, all ships visiting the city were obliged to surrender their books to the library of Alexandria and be copied. The original would be kept in the library and the copy given back to the owner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lib…
It's possible to buy random, assorted books "by the foot", for the sake of filling up and decorating otherwise empty bookshelves and libraries, a service typically used by filmmakers and decorators, but also rich people on occasion. theparisreview.org/blog/2…
Jet Li turned down a role in The Matrix Reloaded because Hollywood producers wanted to record and copy all of his martial arts moves into a digital library, with all rights going to them. slashfilm.com/jet-li-the-…
Ivan the Terrible died without ever telling anyone where he put the library he inherited from his grandfather, and ever since there has been a treasure hunt for it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los…

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