This week is National Library Week, a whole week of celebrating libraries. Drop in and see us. We’ll have a pop-up library at lunchtime on Monday showing off some of our favorite items. You can also join the fun all week long with our “Hue-Mongous” coloring event.
Libraries are great places to learn, relax, socialize, and work. They’re pretty interesting places too. Please enjoy a few fun facts about libraries.
*The largest library in the world is the Library of Congress. It has about 168 million items and 838 miles of bookshelves.
*Librarians used to have to learn a special writing system called Library Hand.
*A library in Derby Line, Vermont and Stanstead, Quebec sits atop the US/Canada border. A line runs right through the building where you can walk back and forth between the countries, no passport required.
*There are far more libraries in the US than there are McDonald’s.
*Attendance at library programs exceeds attendance at MLB, NFL, and NBA games combined.
*Some libraries lend some pretty surprising things like neckties, cake pans, fishing rods, tools, taxidermy, and seeds. You might be wondering how you can “borrow” seeds. You have to promise the replenish them when your crop comes in.
*There are some very specialized libraries such as a library of magic in New York City and a library of smells in Versailles, France.
*The facade of the Kansas City Public looks like giant books.
*Isaac Asimov published books in 9 of the 10 major categories of the Dewey Decimal System.
*Harvard Library has at least one book bound in human skin.
*And finally, the book that holds the record for the most stolen library book is …wait for it…The Guinness Book of World Records.