|It's a TOME. There can be only ONE.|
The image above is the book my wonderful husband handed me to donate to our collection. It's a textbook sort of TOME - lots of black and white photos, lots of lecture-type, nose-in-the-air carefully educated, opinionated text. The reason my little caption says "There can be only ONE," is that as the library manager reviewing and checking in books for donation or lending, I consider it my job to accept books that are stunningly GORGEOUS, filled with AWESOME illustrations, INSPIRING, and that cover a wide variety of subject matter, according to our membership talents and skills (I'm even bringing in a book on mosaic artistry, so excited because we have a very talented artist who works in that style).
We are not boring. We are here to inspire you. We are here to enhance skills you're interested in improving.
|A few really inspiring anatomy books.|
|Quirkiness is something we can all relate to.|
I'll tell you a story...
|This book was pivotal for me at the tender age of two years old.|
|Ancient, I know.|
|This is one of the pivotal images.|
|The line, the form, the color captured my imagination and my heart.|
One day I had the loveliest conversation with one of our members. He had worked full career years at the University, and at retirement, he decided he wanted to have some legacy of a sort to leave to his children, so he started painting. And his paintings are beautiful. Such a great reason to lean into your creativity!
So with the setup of the library at the Bellefonte Art Museum, my main goal is to inspire others. I get to review the books donated or lent, and will be looking for this. Gorgeousness is definitely encouraged. No dump-offs, no crapola.
|Here's part of what I'm bringing to share, all cover washed and dedusted.|
|For the children xo|
These are books that are beautifully illustrated by artists who have been able to build respected reputations.
So I'll be spending a few days this week at the museum getting set up, and we'll start lending in March. Take a minute to pop into the Photography Gallery to check the bookshelves to see what's there that might inspire you to create your next masterpiece : ) And please consider sharing some of the books that have inspired you. You can lend or donate. And if your books feel like "gold," we can keep them on the premises, not available for sign-out, but for viewing in the gallery, yes.
Come check it out!
See you soon,
Your happy library manager, Jen