The Stereogranimator


Happy Friday! I highly encourage you to play with The Stereogranimator, The New York Public Library’s new website which allows patrons to create their own animated files or 3-D images from the Library’s collection of stereographs, a popular 19th Century photo format. The web project gives this important, historic medium new life, and also highlights the work of NYPL patron Joshua Heineman, who started creating his own moving images from Library stereograms as an art project for his blog.


Show Me Your Library Card


Photo by Flickr user "jek in the box". She makes homemade double decker ice cream sandwiches (= instant friend crush). is looking for photos of library fans showing off their stuff (stuff meaning library cards people.) Upload photos to your Flickr account, join the “Show Us Your Library Card” group and add your photos to the group pool. Photos will be shown on the home page throughout the month of September. Now show me, show me, show me!


London’s bicycle library makes me weak in the knees


© 2011

 I’m glad none of you can see me as I prepare this post. My eyes are wide and my cheeks are flushed and I’m smiling far too widely. I melt for stuff like this. When I visited my brother recently in Jakarta, I was thrilled to discover that outside of the former town hall in Old Town one could rent a bike with a bonnet to match. Well, this is just as brilliant, possibly more so…


Most of us are no strangers to libraries where you can borrow books but what about libraries where you can borrow bikes? Well, that’s exactly what The Bicycle Library is (a mobile library advocating bicycles). Not only does this London-based business promote green transportation, it’s also situated in a converted double decker bus.Inside the adapted bus, there is a “library“/gallery on the top floor with a showroom on the first level. Londoners who need expert advice on which bike they should rent or buy can speak to an in-house “librarian” specializing in all things two-wheeled. There’s even an array of actual books pertaining to – what else? – bicycles, on hand for reference. The first floor also boasts a shop with clothing and biking accessories.

Just as you would in a regular library, you can browse thorough different bikes, take them out and even test them out on the track outside. There are seven types of bicycles to choose from: folding, MiniVelo, FGSS (Fix Gear Single Speed), Ladies Coaster, Mens Coaster, cargo and electric, so you’re sure to find one that’s right for you. And if you find, after renting it for a while, that you’ve met your perfect bike match, the Bike Library even has a borrow to buy program so that you can make it your own.

Read more: The Bicycle Library Invites Londoners to “Borrow” Bikes Inside a Converted Double Decker Bus The Bicycle Library – Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World 

Cards from the Library Catalogs – Want some?


The Library Staff at the Brooklyn Museum has developed an Online Catalog and is now inviting you (yes you) to breathe new life into the old catalog cards. Contact them at if you wish to visit and take some of the cards with minimal strings attached (you must report back to show them what you created with the cards). Keith Duquette‘s creation (below) is brilliant!

Keith DuQuette, Library Preservation Associate at the Brooklyn Museum, has created some wonderful “bookshelves” from the cards which are sold for the benefit of the Library.

Want more? See more card catalog art here!

Green Fundraising in New Jersey


The Collingswood Friends of the Library, along with the Collingswood Public Library, recently put out a call to its community members who like to sew, either by machine or by hand. The plan is for interested folks to make one-of-a-kind fabric book bags—which also happen to be good for shopping, toting, and general all-around using—out of donated fabric. The Friends will then sell the finished bags for $10 each at the library, helping to fund programming, acquisitions, technology upgrades, and physical improvements to the library itself.  

This will be an ongoing fundraiser and some fabric-and-pattern bundles are already available, but to get things started, there will be an all-ages book bag sewing workshop on December 4 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Participants will be charged a $5 fee, which covers all materials as well as use of a sewing machine. Volunteers will provide help for those who need it. The donation will go to the Friends and the bags will go to the ongoing book tote sale, turning old clothes and other unwanted fabric into the books, programs, and other materials the Library needs. 

The Collingswood Public Library, an independent, single-branch library serving Collingswood and Woodlynne, New Jersey (a total of about 19,000 people) will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011.

The Queer Zine Archive Project


The Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) was first launched in November 2003 in an effort to preserve queer zines and make them available to other queers, researchers, historians, and anyone else who has an interest DIY publishing and queer communities.

Their mission statement has been consistent over the past six years:

“The mission of the Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) is to establish a “living history” archive of past and present queer zines and to encourage current and emerging zine publishers to continue to create. In curating such a unique aspect of culture, we value a collectivist approach that respects the diversity of experiences that fall under the heading “queer.”

The primary function of QZAP is to provide a free on-line searchable database of the collection with links allowing users to download electronic copies of zines. By providing access to the historical canon of queer zines we hope to make them more accessible to diverse communities and reach wider audiences.”

Browse the archive here.

Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn


Below is one of the creations that came out of last Sunday’s Family Activity at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival (more can be viewed on the Libraries’ Flickr page). The purpose of the activity was to help kids make and decorate pop-up cards, in conjunction with the Libraries new exhibit, Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn.

From the Smithsonian Libraries' make your own pop-up card for the 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Sunday June 27th, 2010.