Small collections of books in public places or little mini libraries, where you can swap a book or donate a book, are becoming more common around Perth. We featured a mini library at a bus stop in a blog posted earlier this year.
Recently, we sought out another small library of books in a shopping arcade just off Bay View Terrace in Claremont. This collection of books which can be swapped or borrowed was begun by Claremont Library.
The Edinburgh Castle hotel in central Sydney has been on the corner of Pitt and Bathurst streets since 1885. The pub has recently been given a facelift, but still recognises its connection to the much loved poet, Henry Lawson. The famous bush poet, who ironically spent most of his adult life in Sydney, lived in the hotel in 1895, frequented its bar and wrote some of his most famous works there. A quote from one of his poems can be seen on the exterior of the building from the pavement in Pitt Street.
While at the State Library of NSW (see previous blog) we took a peek inside the Reading Room of the Mitchell Library which is in the original part of the building, completed in 1907 and partly funded by David Mitchell who was a private collector of books.
A few months ago we enjoyed exploring the State Library of NSW in Macquarie Street, Sydney. Australia’s oldest library is now more than a place to read, study or do research. It has an interesting calendar of exhibitions and a bookshop and cafe. Current exhibitions have a garden theme and are free. Also free, are the guided tours of the building which are held Monday to Friday at 10.30am, and tours of the current exhibitions at 11.45am.
While at LACMA (see previous post) we also visited the exhibition titled “Revealing Creation: The Science and Art of Ancient Maya Ceramics”. As well as some amazing ceramics, also on display were some painted deerskin scrolls that tell historical narratives or other stories.
The scroll shown here is a facsimile of a scroll that was produced around the 15th century and which is now in the collection of the British Museum Library, London.
On our recent trip to Los Angeles we visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and took a quick look at the exhibition, Cartoons: Art of Americas Car Culture. Featured were copies of the CARtoons magazine which was published in Los Angeles from 1959 to 1991 and claimed to be the world’s only humour magazine for car lovers. Also on display was original art work by some of the many cartoon artists who contributed to the magazine over the years. The exhibition runs until 2 January 2017.