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Summer Learning Track: Bibliomania

Bibliophile- (noun) a lover of books especially for qualities of format

                                                 Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Satisfy your craving for books this summer with these book themed books.  Spend time learning about the history of the printed book and explore the most iconic representations of the medium.  Interested in collecting, repairing, publishing or crafting books?  Richland Library has titles that will please even the most devoted bibliophiles. 

Take the Richland Library Friends' Summer Learning Challenge and take your love of books to the next level! You'll get credit for reading, attending programs, and other steps you make toward your goal of bibliomania. Get started by using this sample Learning Track, or develop your own. The challenge begins on May 30th and goes through August 16th.

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Many of these nonfiction books can be found on display in the Research Department of the Main Library through the month of June

  • Book By: Karen Brookfield
  • Collecting BooksInstant Expert By: Matthew Budman
  • Front Cover: Great Book Jackets And Cover Design By: Alan Powers 
  • A Gentle MadnessBibliophiles, Bibliomanes, And The Eternal Passion For Books By: Nicholas A. Basbanes
  • LibraryAn Unquiet History By: Matthew Battles
  • Now All We Need is a Title: Famous Book Titles and How They Got that Way By: Andre Bernard
  • Once Again to Zelda: The Stories Behind Literature's Most Intriguing Dedications By: Marlene Wagman-Geller

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Check out these fantastic book themed fictional reads

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Join us for any of these book related library events

We have Book Groups at every location, for all interests!

Home Décor for Bibliophiles*
Indulge your artsy and book-loving self, bring your friends and join us in making two crafts that are simple yet stylish. Display these in your home and revel in the compliments, or surprise someone with your handcrafted gifts! Supplies provided.
6:30 – 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 10 -- Main

Craft Drop-In Session: Bookmarks
Add charm to your reading this summer by making a stylish bookmark. Stop by the Main Library for an on-the-go craft session.
3 – 4 p.m., Thursday, July 23 -- Main

Everything Manga: Not Your Ordinary Book Club
Do you like Japanese manga and animation? Join us and other Otaku fans to discuss your favorite manga titles, watch your favorite anime and compete in a manga trivia game for some great prizes!
6 p.m., Tuesdays, July 28 & August 25 -- St. Andrews 

Blind Date with a Book
During the month of August, Richland Library would like to “fix you up” on a blind date! We have selected a variety of books and wrapped them up in “mysterious” brown paper, so that you won’t know the identity of your blind date till you get them home. Each wrapped book has a “personal ad” attached to it, and if you like what you see, check the book out, take it home and unwrap it, and then spend some time getting to know your date! You can find the Blind Date with a Book displays throughout the Main library.
August 1-31 -- Main

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Try these movies to please your love of books

Adaptation [DVD]

The Book Thief [DVD]

Finding Forrester [DVD]

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [DVD]

The Hours [DVD]


Library: An Unquiet History by Matthew Battles
Amazon Says: On the survival and destruction of knowledge, from Alexandria to the Internet. Through the ages, libraries have not only accumulated and preserved but also shaped, inspired, more...
Amazon Says: On the survival and destruction of knowledge, from Alexandria to the Internet. Through the ages, libraries have not only accumulated and preserved but also shaped, inspired, and obliterated knowledge. Matthew Battles, a rare books librarian and a gifted narrator, takes us on a spirited foray from Boston to Baghdad, from classical scriptoria to medieval monasteries, from the Vatican to the British Library, from socialist reading rooms and rural home libraries to the Information Age. He explores how libraries are built and how they are destroyed, from the decay of the great Alexandrian library to scroll burnings in ancient China to the destruction of Aztec books by the Spanish—and in our own time, the burning of libraries in Europe and Bosnia. Encyclopedic in its breadth and novelistic in its telling, this volume will occupy a treasured place on the bookshelf next to Baker's Double Fold, Basbanes's A Gentle Madness, Manguel's A History of Reading, and Winchester's The Professor and the Madman. 11 b/w illustrations. less...
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Ex-Libris: A Novel by Ross King
Amazon Says: The second novel, by the author of Brunelleschi's Dome, and Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling is an elaborate historical mystery.Responding to a cryptic summons to a remote more...
Amazon Says: The second novel, by the author of Brunelleschi's Dome, and Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling is an elaborate historical mystery.Responding to a cryptic summons to a remote country house, London bookseller Isaac Inchbold finds himself responsible for restoring a magnificent library pillaged during the English Civil War, and in the process slipping from the surface of 1660s London into an underworld of spies and smugglers, ciphers and forgeries.As he assembles the fragments of a complex historical mystery, Inchbold learns how Sir Ambrose Plessington, founder of the library, escaped from Bohemia on the eve of the Thirty Years War with plunder from the Imperial Library. Inchbold's hunt for one of these stolen volumes -- a lost Hermetic text -- soon casts him into an elaborate intrigue. His fortunes hang on the discovery of the missing manuscript but his search reveals that the elusive volume is not what it seems and that he has been made an unwitting player in a treacherous game. less...
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Amazon Says: #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect more...
Amazon Says: #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb…. As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever. Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways. less...
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The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick
Amazon Says: The book club is about to get a makeover.... Even if Megan would rather be at the mall, Cassidy is late for hockey practice, Emma's already read every book in exist more...
Amazon Says: The book club is about to get a makeover.... Even if Megan would rather be at the mall, Cassidy is late for hockey practice, Emma's already read every book in existence, and Jess is missing her mother too much to care, the new book club is scheduled to meet every month. But what begins as a mom-imposed ritual of reading Little Women soon helps four unlikely friends navigate the drama of middle school. From stolen journals, to secret crushes, to a fashion-fiasco first dance, the girls are up to their Wellie boots in drama. They can't help but wonder: What would Jo March do? Acclaimed author Heather Vogel Frederick will delight daughters of all ages in a novel about the fabulousness of fiction, family, and friendship. less...
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