New York

New York’s High Line

The-High-Line-at-the-Rail-Yards_dezeen_468_01Photo by Iwan Baan

Just love this innovative idea in urban design that turned abandoned railway tracks into a city park. What a fantastic way for communities to reclaim unused space. This reminds me of the ‘pop-up parks‘ that occurred around Calgary in the past, such as this one in Victoria Park that I enjoyed in 2012. Although they are temporary, I think all communities should get to enjoy the space that serve no other purpose (and are usually just vacant lots/eyesores). Wouldn’t it be great to have a pop-up library programming space in the communities where library programming room space is at a premium? Too bad Calgary doesn’t have Florida-weather as that would make this proposition a lot easier to turn into a reality!

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Secret Libraries of New York & Toronto

Enjoyed this article on some of the members only and hidden libraries around New York. Most large cities can boast hidden or member-only libraries. As a member of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Student Chapter I’ve been able to tour many of these. I would love to go on a quest to write a similar article about the lesser known Toronto libraries. I recently learned about a few libraries that I did not know existed, such as the ROM, Textile Museum, and University Club:

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The ROM has two libraries and an archive which are open to the public for research.

TextilePhoto from https://m2.facebook.com/ExLibrisAssociation

The Textile museum also has a research collection for use by the public at the H. N. Pullar Library.

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The University Club of Toronto is a members-only group for University graduates. Their library no longer holds many books, but is a beautiful dining room and is used for events.

I will keep my eyes out for more items to add to this list. I’ll be going on a tour of some special libraries next month in Toronto and will hopefully get a chance to blog about them afterwards.