Posts Tagged ‘books’

Bookish Christmas trees

December 1, 2012

With the Library Christmas tree now up and decorated (see here:!/photo.php?fbid=10151272922606842&set=a.10150192011406842.328190.8313376841&type=1&theater )

TOTD has been interested to see what others have tackled.  This site has some lovely Christmas trees of books:

and here’s a site that collects 12 such trees:


book mountain

November 1, 2012

After a bit of a hiatus while we’ve taken a break, been busy teaching and considered the future of TOTD, we’re back – although we might be more sporadic.  We’ll see.

In the meantime, this book mountain caught our eye:

Book Buying Live!

May 14, 2012

Want to know who is buying what books where right this minute? Well have a look at this from the Book Depository to see what their customers are snapping up all over the world:

World Book Night 2012

April 23, 2012

Today, or should I say tonight, is World Book Night. World Book Night is a celebration of books and reading which sees tens of thousands of people give books as gifts with their communities to spread the love of reading. This year world book night is being celebrated in the UK, Ireland, Germany and USA.

There are events all over the UK where copies of the 25 World Book Night Books will be given away for free.  You will find one such event in the University of Portsmouth Library where copies of Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens will be being distributed.

To find out more about World Book Night and events taking place near you got to

Asimov 500

April 4, 2012

It’s Reden’s 500th post on Thing of the Day today, so to celebrate here’s some links to a favourite author/polymath, Isaac Asimov who is credited here:
with at least 500 books.

For budding authors who’d like to attempt to emulate that, there’s some good advice here:

On the other hand, some have found his output intimidating:

Some pages devoted to him: (this page seems particularly apposite as we have two Finnish interns just started with us for three months).  Terve!

And to finish with a quote from the Grandmaster:
“If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.” Isaac Asimov


the subconscious shelf

March 8, 2012

A slightly more thoughtful entry today:

what do your shelves say about you?

Books as art

March 7, 2012

Rather a curious and interesting contribution from L (thank you):

We try hard not to throw books away but have not quite tried anything like that yet!

1000th posting on Thing of the Day!

October 21, 2011

After four years of rounding up the “bizarre and brilliant of the web” the Library blog reaches a milestone today with the publication of our 1000th posting. To celebrate this achievement we thought it might be fun to have a look back at some past TOTD favourites with a list of our ‘Top 10’ sites. So, in no particular order…

  1. Giant Lego Boulder
  2. Anamorphic Illusions
  3. Draw a Stickman
  4. Sodaplay
  5. Flurrious
  6. Wordle
  7. The Ugly Dance
  8. 21 Accents
  9. Galaxy Zoo and our very first entry in October 2007:
  10. Le Book

And in case you just had to have a new one:

Jemma Foster’s collection of 12 illustrated short stories made from recycled cardboard and painted by hand in Argentina.

Many thanks to all who’ve contributed links and ideas over the years.  Keep them coming!

Bletchley Park and Lightning Source

August 5, 2011

Today, Thing of the Day is off to Bletchley Park to have a look around the National Codes Centre:

We will also be visiting Lightning Source who print books on demand:

Should be an interesting day out.

save our libraries

January 16, 2011

Just because Universities aren’t likely to completely dispose of their libraries overnight, doesn’t mean that the cuts to public libraries won’t affect them or the students who use them.  Libraries, learning, the love of books and reading – as well as wider community implications are at risk.

And people care!

Show you care, too, before it’s too late.  Tweet, blog, email and talk – tell people how much libraries mean to you and the society you live in.  Oh – and add your comments to this blog entry!