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Wordless Wednesday: Aren’t Libraries Beautiful? (or Reading Between the Lions and Among the Beasts)

September 19, 2012

Once again, our buddy, Emily Temple over at Flavorwire, offers us bibliophiles a treat for the eyes! This time it’s a photo blog (or would that be a “Phlog”?) of The 25 Most Beautiful Public Libraries in the World. So whether you’re traveling to Seattle, Stockholm or South London—be sure to check out one of these beauties!

Of course, whenever there’s talk of beautiful libraries, I’m reminded of the first time I saw Beauty and the Beast. Handsome Hubby and I took our (then) toddler son to see the latest Disney Blockbuster, and my jaw dropped when the scene opened upon the library. After regaining my breath, I turned to Handsome Hubby and stage-whispered, “I WANT that Library!”

                                                                                                                                                                                                         I didn’t marry the beast, but I do have a book shelf in almost every room in the house. And like The Weird Sisters, we seem to have books started and left in various states of “readness” on every surface of the house…

I also have my personal favorite public library to plug: Woodland Public Library—the oldest Carnegie library in California! Circa 1903, It’s a beautiful Mission Revival building—which is appropriate for a California Valley town, don’tcha think? I’ll be there at noon today, facilitating a discussion of The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark for the Brown Bag Book Club. You can join us if you like…

Picture sources:; (originally from druscillaryan); and



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