Curious collections, secret rooms, and more

Hello and Happy Valentine’s Day!  I am so excited that it is a three-day weekend.  I’m looking forward to relaxing and seeing friends.

ca. 1890, [cabinet card, portrait of dancer Miss Murdock, in a lovely costume], Moreno & Lopez of New York.  Source.

ca. 1890, [cabinet card, portrait of dancer Miss Murdock, in a lovely costume], Moreno & Lopez of New York. Source.

Here’s some of my favorite posts and articles of the week.

Curious collections at the Library of Congress.  Who knew they had such items as Amelia Earhart’s handprint and some of Beethoven’s hair?

A beautiful antique valentine and its family story at the National Museum of American History

A secret, forgotten room in a library reveals treasures like a King James bible from 1615.  An older story, but still a fun read.

Some advice from a librarian on getting your foot in the door for a library job.  This was a good reminder that I need to start working getting some sort of internship by this summer to gain some actual library work experience.

Why, oh why, does the question of whether we will still need librarians in the digital age keep coming up?  A great article at the WSJ blog.

This has been shared a lot already, but Slate has a fun article on breaking the stereotypes of what a librarian looks like now.  On a personal note, I met Mel Gooch of the SFPL, featured in the article, at an event once and she was very sweet and intelligent.

I sort of object to using the word “libraries” to describe the Little Free Libraries, but I do love the community spirit.  A new one has popped up in the Bay Area city of El Cerrito.

Any other fun library or book-related links that I missed?  Please share.

I hope you have a great holiday weekend!

Now reading: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.  I don’t usually care for dystopian fiction, but this one is a page turner!

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