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Bibliocool is a word I heard spoken many, many years ago by Dave Bookman, a fellow who lived in the East Village in New York City. He was the first, and only person I have met, who made his living as an antiquarian book dealer and "private" detective. Bookman had a degree in Library Science and was working on some forensics degree at Fordham.  In certain circles he was known as," that kid who can find anything." I met him on a few occasions because he was a friend of my girlfriend's brother.  What bibliocool really meant is up for grabs although I think it meant, "very interesting" to him.  It is a word I always liked and now use as the name of this blog which is about interesting library things and friends. 
And, of course, Bookman was not his real name. It was a name he gave himself which was bibliocool.

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  • 27 Oct 2015 5:23 PM | Anonymous

    What do the Friends do, anyway? 

    Well, Halloween is a good time for an explanation.  No, I'm not trying to frighten you with a treatise on the Friends. This will be brief and there will be pictures (I miss making Powerpoint Presentations). 

    The Friends raise money so the library can provide additional services like Librarian Sarah Hodge-Wetherbey who presented her program about "Mysterious Massachusetts" - all the weird and spooky happenings and urban legends from our state. There's some good ones. Like the Bridgewater Triangle and UFOs with a great alien abduction story.  She also talked about the people who saw the Dover Devil not that long ago.  Hodge-Wetherbey's talk was perfect for a Halloween warm up. She has spoken with many of the people who have encountered these strange phenomena and presentation is well documented.  I really enjoyed it.

    At the front entrance of the library you couldn't help but notice several scarecrows.  The one with the shocking pink ensemble was created by the library staff.  It is JEM of Jem and the Holograms.

    The Friends sponsored this stunning piece in the Andover Coalition for Education's Annual Scarecrow Festival. 

    And those are two examples of what the Friends do. 

    Pretty good, right.  Not long, just enough and with pictures.  
    Now go get your costume ready because the Friends have some cool swag if you go trick or treating at the library. But, you've got to have a costume.
  • 09 Oct 2015 7:37 PM | Anonymous

  • 06 Oct 2015 12:59 PM | Anonymous

    Every now and then one finds interesting non-book items for bibliophiles in a store.  Recently I found several in one store, abacus (sic) in Kennebunkport, Maine. Click on the photos below to see larger images.


  • 16 Sep 2015 3:50 PM | Anonymous

    A blog posting two days in a row. Will wonders never cease. 

    Do you follow Humans of New York on Facebook? You should. It's fascinating. 

    There's also a recent book based on the Facebook postings for paper cravers.

    A posting today is of a rare book librarian. What he has to say about his job is great.

    Click on the book to see the whole thing.

  • 15 Sep 2015 2:31 PM | Anonymous

    I know , I know it isn't technically over but it might as well be. 

    Labor Day weekend Ms. Blogger and I went to visit her family on Merrymeeting Lake in New Hampshire. It's not a long drive from Andover but it does get pretty rural.  Along a particularly winding section we saw the Chichester Public Library pictured below.  It reminded me that the Friends soon would be meeting, Andover day was coming as well as the Fall (the season next to Winter) Book Sale and that I had been less than active on the blog front.  

    I decided to photograph it to use it in this official end of summer blog post.  If you want to read about this library go to Chichester Public Library. And by the way, they're having a book sale the same weekend as us.

  • 10 Aug 2015 6:59 PM | Anonymous

    The Essex Street side of the library looks very nice this summer.  These shrubs and flowers were funded by the Friends to help beautify this small patch of land above the wall.  Be sure to look up and enjoy them as you walk past. 


    On the other side of the library (the Mobil station side) is the Bingham Garden.  You can get to it by going through a gate on the right side of the Main Street entrance and walking down the steps.  It's often a cool place to sit.


  • 29 May 2015 5:08 PM | Anonymous

    The Trustees of MHL held their annual tea this week and invited the Friends Board of Directors.  It's a nice affair with hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks.  The best part of the event is the presenting of scholarships to students who have been schlepping books and other stuff around the library.

    Below are a few pictures of the tea. 

  • 22 May 2015 6:44 PM | Anonymous

    Memorial Hall Library has some wonderful fine art by prominent local artists. Several pieces are prominently on display throughout the building.  However, one piece, a sculpture by Pat Keck, sometimes goes unnoticed because of its placement.  I saw it again for the first time in quite awhile.  It was like seeing for the first time because it was so surprising and somewhat heavenly.

    If you never noticed it or have forgotten about it.  The accompanying photos will show you where to look.

  • 15 May 2015 6:23 PM | Anonymous

    In the subject line are lyrics (Bye, Bye, So Long, Farewell) from the 1966 song See You In September by the Happenings.  The Friends will be back in action in September with book sales and and other exciting events.  Sadly, two of our most active board members will not be joining us because their term as directors expired.  We are saying good bye, so long, farewell to Vice President Mary Jane Bausmer and Treasurer Dick Lux.
    At the annual meeting on May 14th Friends' President Susan McKelliget presented them with blankets, bearing the Friends logo, to thank them for their hard work and for being great Friends.


  • 16 Apr 2015 9:52 PM | Anonymous

    Last night the Friends sponsored an evening with author Paul Doiron.  He is the creator of the crime series featuring Mike Bowditch, A State of Maine Game Warden.  The first novel in the series, The Poacher's Son, was nominateed for an Edgar Award.

    The next book, Trespasser, won the Maine Literary Award, was an American Booksellers Association Indie Bestseller, and has been called a "masterpiece of high-octane narrative" by Booklist.  

    During his visit he read from his forthcoming book, The Precipice, which sounds like it will be as riveting as the others.  I read the first two which are great. 

    If you like thrillers with unique characters, you might like Mike Bowditch.  He's new at his Game Warden job and is learning how to deal with the public, a bureaucracy and murderers.

    Below are pictures of the event.

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