Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Libraries and #selfies

Everywhere I go I find a library.
FACT: I own about 7 library cards.
Every library is different.
For example...
The Kensington Central Library in London had a lot of Icelandic fiction.
The Taylors Falls Public Library preferred that its patrons did NOT check out books.
The Seeley G. Mudd Library at Lawrence had its own Wisconsin section and about three copies of Lolita. It also had a Bladerunner manuscript; a fact I know only because I worked there for three years (miss you lots, Mudd).

The Mead Public Library in Sheboygan looks like it is going to have plenty to offer in terms of unique treasures. Besides containing a copy of the book Sublime Spaces and Visionary Worlds by Leslie Umburger (my esoteric b-day wish list book), it also had a good selection of books on folk art and crafts (sorry for the bad pics):

Self-Made Worlds: Visionary Folk Art Environments
by Roger Manley and Mark Sloan

GREAT BOOK. Lots of pictures. 16+ Wisconsin environments included. Bonus treasure in back: A listing of global folk art sites and environments.


Self Taught, Outsider, and Folk Art: A Guide to American
Artists, Locations and Resources
by Betty-Carol Sellen and Cynthia J. Johanson

Slightly outdated. But pretty useful if you can sort out the stuff that's still relevant. Did you know that there's a museum in Alaska called the Alaska State Museum that has a large collection of eskimo art?


Vintage Halloween Collectibles
by Mark B. Ledenbach

I wish I would have found this when I was trying and failing to write a Halloween post back in October. This book identifies and reveals the prices of hundreds of vintage Halloween items such as a "heavy cardboard dual-sided skull lantern with original inserts and slot and tab construction."


Libraries are awesome, and everyone forgets it. Go to a dang library! Who knows what you'll find...

ALSO- Happy #museumselfie day! 

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