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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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  • 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.

  • 09 Apr 2015 4:24 PM | Anonymous

    You're a reading dynamo but your quest to read has left your bookcase in disarray. Don't despair, Bunky because there's a perfect contest for you. 

    Merrimack Valley Home’s Bookcase Makeover Contest can help. A winner will be selected to receive a FREE bookcase makeover session with MVH’s Home Design Consultant Linda Holt. Before and after photos of the winner’s bookcase transformation will be featured in the Fall 2015 issue of Merrimack Valley Home.

    For more information click on the photo. 

  • 26 Mar 2015 2:50 PM | Anonymous

  • 26 Mar 2015 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    There's a funny website by Rhode Island Librarian Lisagenius.  It is called Professional Literature For Librarians.  It features book covers of reading for professional librarians. Below are a few of the many titles that are there.  Click on one of the covers or the the site name to view  

    all the titles. Also, google Lisagenius to find more humorous sites by her.

  • 07 Mar 2015 2:55 PM | Anonymous

    Long time no post for this blogster.  But not to worry. 

    I finally was forced to leave my house this winter and travel to Boston. While there, I made time to go to the Museum of Fine Arts and view Gustav Klimt's Adam and Eve, which is on loan from the Belvedere Museum in Vienna as part of the MFA’s Visiting Masterpiece series.

    The MFA notes the painting gives," visitors a taste of the artist’s signature style, including his sensuous approach to the nude, his bold experiments with pattern, color, and finish, and his exploration of human consciousness and desire."  And it does all of that. 

    However, on the way to Adam and Eve I walked through another exhibit, Over There! Posters From World War I

    According to the MFA the exhibit is,  "Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI.
    This exhibition is the first time since 1938 that many of these works will be on view, and marks the MFA’s first display of the newly acquired poster I Want You for U. S. Army (1917) by James Montgomery Flagg.

    Of course, I was drawn to the two posters about books for soldiers. This is a wonderful exhibit that's worth taking the time to see not only for the posters' historical significance but for the design and richness of the color and printing. 

    If you want more info about Klimt, Adam and Eve, WWI Books for Soldiers. Try the links below.

    Adam and Eve 1

    Adam and Eve 2

    Books For Soldiers 1

    Books For Soldiers 2

  • 13 Feb 2015 10:53 PM | Anonymous

    At the latest Friends Board meeting, Board Secretary Helene Spoto attended via Skype. In the background are board members Carl Weggel and Kaori Kelts.

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