Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Plant Libraries, Animal Libraries

Seattle has it's very own botanical literature library. It is a library devoted to books about plants! It is called the Elisabeth C. Miller Library and although it is connected to UW, it is open to the public.

I am always tickled by books or, even better libraries, devoted to one specific topic. It is nice the people can get so passionate about a topic that whole libraries can be devoted to that topic. It also makes the world fell like a less lonely place that is world full of information, there are plenty of people out there sharing the same intense passion.

I love plants! I love seeing them out in nature and I love planting them and helping them grow. My actual base of knowledge about them though could improve, so perusing the plant library was a perfect opportunity to learn!

But this library's strengths weren't just in the ability to teach and help people learn more about plants...the books were beautiful! From the book spines to the book covers to the pages inside, there was a plethora of design and art based beauty!

This one is my favorite! It looks downright magical! I feel like when I open it, not only will I learn of the beauty of wild flowers, but I will learn spells using wild flowers.

There are a lot of really amazing libraries out there, and usually when the best ones are mentioned, the beauty of the libraries architecture is also revered. But there are some libraries completely devoid of architecture.

In Columbia, a man created a library called the biblioburro. This man brings books to children in rural towns in Columbia on the back of his trusted donkey companion. The man who created this library is Luis Soriano. He was a school teacher who witnessed the struggle of children from rural towns to have the same learning opportunities. In order to help this problem, he came up with a beautiful idea: The biblioburro!

Donkeys are not the only creature that serve as mobile libraries. Camels help bring books to people in Kenya. The camel library is part of the Kenyan national library with the purpose to serve nomadic people. If you are always slowly traveling, it is difficult to be responsible over returning library books. But these camels make it so nomadic people don't miss out on the delight of enjoying the library!

Sources for information about the animal libraries:

Ruffins, Ebonne. "Teaching Kids to Read from the Back of a Burro." CNN. Cable News Network, 26 Feb. 2010. Web. 16 June 2017. <>.

"Photo Journal | Kenyan Camel Library." BBC News. BBC, n.d. Web. 16 June 2017. <>.

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