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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Coolest Libraries in the World (and Agent News!)

First, some housekeeping:

Agent Natalie Fischer of Bradford Literary got married (congrats!) and is now Natalie Lakosil. She has reopened to queries at Bradford literary and did a blog post of what she's looking for. Click HERE for details.

Agent Meredith Barnesof Lowenstein Associates tweeted that she'll be closing to queries this Saturday, October 15th, probably for the remainder of 2011.

Our snowstorm this weekend was lovely, and made it feel like the holiday season was upon us (which was helped by the fact that I already have eggnog in the fridge). The snow has melted and we're back to sunny days and 65 degrees.

Hubby taking the youngest for an October sledding outing.

A couple of weeks ago, the Calgary Herald published an article about the 12 coolest libraries in the world (the photo at the top of this post was taken at the Library of Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland). I thought I’d share my favorites and then link to the article at the bottom.

I don’t know about you, but I have a special place in my heart for the public library we went to when I was in elementary school. I still remember turning left into the children’s section and thinking the big adult section looked incredibly boring in comparison. Anyway, here are two that caught my eye!

The Abbey Library of Saint Gall, in Switzerland

*Recognized as one of the richest medieval libraries in the world (tax write-off to travel there for research, anyone?)

Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination

*Private library of Jay Walker, founder of Priceline.com

Want to see the rest? Click HERE for the article. And by the way, I don't usually follow Calgary's newspapers. I followed the link from a Tweet of Random House Kids. If you're on Twitter and not following them, they can be found at @randomhousekids.

Have a great week!


  1. I recently read an article about gorgeous libraries, but I don't think either of those two were on the list. They're absolutely stunning! And the Trinity College Library is at the top of my list if I ever get to Ireland.

    It's a funny year for weather, isn't it? Although we didn't have snow last weekend, it was miserably cold and wet. And this weekend we were sunning ourselves in short sleeves.

  2. You got snow?! Those pics are gorgeous. I love library smell. You know when you open up the outside drop box and the library air rushes out: Big Inhale.

    Crazy, I know. Oddly, my kids also like this smell and comment on it every time we walk inside.

  3. Thanks for the agent news, Jess!

    I'm not ready for snow. Luckily, we should have another 3 weeks or so.


  4. Oh my heart! All of those books!

    Right now there's snow on the mountains. I'm pleading for it to stay there, but it never listens.

  5. The Abbey library looks spectacular! Also enjoyed your snow pictures! I want some snow!

  6. I'm already prepping for another snow-maggedon. UGH! But at least the libraries are pretty!

  7. I have to be dragged out of the library at Trinity every time we go--it just never gets old. (And I always thought (think!) the adult section of the library looks quite boring compared to the kids'/YA section!

  8. The library of Trinity College looks amazing! I was just sitting here day dreaming...what it feels like to be there, smells, sounds. Aaaahhh. I can't believe you got snow! We will soon...and now jingle bells are ringing in my head. :-)

  9. I love the pics! So funny about your feelings on the big adult section. I remember thinking that at our public library when I was a kid! Thanks for the agent news!

  10. Okay, I'm really embarrassed. I live in Calgary and didn't see the article.

    Thanks for the news about Natalie. I'm going to be querying in a few months. Now to see if I'm putting her on my list.

  11. SO glad we haven't had snow yet! I'm just not ready! Love the libraries! There is something so appealing about libraries, isn't there? Full of all those wonderful stories just waiting for you to pick them :)

  12. Whoa! You had a snowstorm?? Ugh, I need to get out of October before that happens here or I'll cry:)

  13. That's fine- thank you for thanking me for reviewing it! ( :
    Love the last one- awesome private library!

  14. Thanks for sharing the libraries article, Jess! The Trinity Library is awesome, but my favorite library on earth has to be the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt. It's built to look like the sun rising out of Mediterranean, and has a massive wall outside with carved characters from every known alphabet. The inside is vast and wonderful, too. I have some pictures at the end of this post (scroll down) if you're interested. http://andyandtarasworld.blogspot.com/2010/11/cross-street-like-egyptian.html

    Definitely visit if you're ever in Egypt!

  15. I've had Ireland on the brain for several years. That gorgeous library may just be my tipping point to actually go.

  16. This pictures just make me itch to see the real thing!!! did you say tax write-off? :) I could daydream for hours on what my dream library would look like. It would definitely have themed rooms and lots of delicious reading nooks in unusual places.