Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Traveling Librarian: Library of Congress

Greetings! I've just returned from the impressive Library of Congress in Washington, D.C! There are three buildings comprising the Library of Congress. I visited the main Thomas Jefferson Building, which is incredibly ornate. The marble walls are decorated with rich murals and mosaics and inscribed with quotations and names of authors and names important to all aspects of history, arts, sciences, and law. Cherubs representing occupations rest along the two main staircases in the Great Hall. There is not room to explain here all of the wonderful artwork and its symbolism; however, you can visit the LOC's website and read the online version of On These Walls: Inscriptions and Quotations in the buildings of the Library of Congress by John Y. Cole. The Faulk Central Library also has a copy of this book available in the 2nd floor reference area. - Your Traveling Librarian

Reading Lists!

Looking for a good book to read this summer? Check out our "Good Reads" page. You can find the best fiction of the year by clicking here. There are also nonfiction, audio, and teen reading lists. Click on the "Notable Books" link to find award winners, classics, and other acclaimed fiction and nonfiction books. And by clicking on the "Reader's Tools" link, you'll find reviews, recommendations, and author interviews.

Enjoy your reading!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Welcome to the Austin Public Library Blog

We're excited to debut our new blog. You'll find everything ranging from things we're reading, watching and listening to; topics related to today's events and news; field trips to other libraries; Texas authors and artists; to library tips, curiosities and controversies. We'll post library related links and promote the Austin Public Library as well.

Feel free to comment on a post, ask a quick question or tell us your library ideas! We look forward to blogging with you!