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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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  • 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.

  • 09 Feb 2015 5:38 PM | Anonymous

    This post is another from a photograph taken on this blogster's recent California visit.  Below is a photograph of a storefront you rarely see these days. It is the Pettingill Bookbindery founded by Luis Pettingell in 1926 in Berkeley, California, as a trade shop. 

    When I walked past it was closed but I later went to their very nice website http://pettingellbookbindery.com. They do more than bind books. Check it out yourself.

  • 01 Feb 2015 4:53 PM | Anonymous

    These are photographs of the South  Branch of the Berkeley Public Library in California.  Mrs. Blogger and I were taking grandson Elvis for a stroll when we saw it.  Its most interesting feature was the Tool Lending Library, something I've heard about but never seen.

    Click on the photos to see larger versions.


  • 30 Jan 2015 9:54 PM | Anonymous

    Mrs. Blogger & I are in the San Fran/Berkeley area taking care of grandchildren.  While cruising the Bernal Heights neighborhood, we saw the new mural on the San Francisco Public Library's Bernal Heights Branch. It was the day of the dedication and we poked around some. 

    The Bernal Heights Branch is a very beautiful building, particularly the interior.  If you're ever in that area of San Francisco stop and take a look.  You won't be disapointed.

    For more photos of the Bernal Heights Branch click on the photo below.

  • 12 Jan 2015 6:06 PM | Anonymous

    If you are a friend of libraries then I think you probably like words.  If I am correct then you have to visit the website Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.  It provides new words with accompanying definitions.

    vellichor, n. the strange wistfulness of used bookstores, which are somehow infused with the passage of time undefined filled with thousands of old books you’ll never have time to read, each of which is itself locked in its own era, bound and dated and papered over like an old room the author abandoned years ago, a hidden annex littered with thoughts left just as they were on the day they were captured.

    moledro, n. a feeling of resonant connection with an author or artist you’ll never meet, who may have lived centuries ago and thousands of miles away but can still get inside your head and leave behind morsels of their experience, like the little piles of stones left by hikers that mark a hidden path through unfamiliar territory.

    Vellichor reminded me of the following picture of a used book bookstore I took this fall in Sienna, Italy.

  • 24 Dec 2014 4:53 PM | Anonymous

    It's around 3:00 PM Christmas Eve and if your reading this and still have to buy gifts then you're either a victim of terminal ADD or lucky because the Blogster has some suggestions for you.

    First, go with a gift certificate for an e-book but to  make the recipient  think you gave thought to the gift specify the book.  For sentimental types you can go with today's Amazon special Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews.  She's been on the Time's Best-Seller list and today's special price is $1.99.For more suggestions go to Amazon's Daily Deals.  Of course if the person doesn't have an e-reader that's their problem. You could rush out to a bookstore but I don't think you'll make it.  

    Here are two more titles you can give as gifts.  They've all made the best of 

    something 2014 (I read them) and are pictured here so you can 

    print the picture and put it in an envelope with a 

    check for the book.  

    Isn't this blog the best?  


  • 14 Dec 2014 7:38 PM | Anonymous

    The blogger missed this story awhile ago but fortunately ran into it on the top floor of the library. It is the display of the Rotary Club's Citizens Who Care Award for 2014. The Friends of the Library Board of Directors, Nancy Gump is a recipient. The award celebrates the unsung heroes among us who have gone above and beyond their daily jobs and through selfless volunteerism have made Andover a better place to live and work. Head to the library top floor for a good look.

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