Our libraries are smack bang in the middle of the City, and you’re likely to pass a landmark or scenic sight on the way to visiting us. From our series of 7 Steps to the Library Vines, Jo takes you to Guildhall Library.
We’d love to see 7 steps to your library, whether you’re a patron or library staff. Come on over and strike a pose!
I would like to take the opportunity this fine Monday morning to thank Tumblr for convincing me to see Captain American 2: The Winter Soldier.
After renting The Winter Soldier last night, I would like to again, extend my gratitude to Tumblr.
That’s spooky because this Tumblarian was *just* listening to Trouble Man.
And to make this a public service post, we have both Marvin Gaye and The Winter Soldier in our collections, just waiting to be borrowed ;)
This week’s article pick:
Holland T. Our island story. New Statesman [serial online]. July 18, 2014;143(5219):22-26. Available from: Literary Reference Center, Ipswich, MA.
The article focuses on the history of Scotland and how it became part of Great Britain. Topics include the possibility of Scottish independence through a referendum in 2014, the history of the Scots, and the parallels between Scotland and England. Information is provided on nationalism in Scotland and the legend of Scottish revolutionary William Wallace.
Unless on site, use your library card number to access. Read more about our discovery tool here.
Over at @BarbicanMusic:
Learn to play violin in the Barbican Music Library! Join musical facilitator Luke Crookes in this exciting string workshop, creating Barbican Library’s very own community orchestra. Best of all, no experience whatsoever is required!
Disclaimer: Benedict Cumberbatch will not be attending, but you are encouraged to wear your finest long winter coat, and your thinkiest of thinky faces.
Latest post from Guildhall Library:
We knew we wanted to focus on the individual for our exhibition to mark the centenary of the war and were lucky enough to have some fascinating objects loaned to us, including a memoir, a torch which saved a soldier’s life and an autograph book. Looking through these items, and through books from our own collection, was a very humbling experience. From Beef Tea to Battleships is a result of this research and features the objects that best reflect the experiences of the people who lived through the war.
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