…But it’s still marvellous to see them.
During the summer break I spent some time in the tiny town of Albarracin in the Sierra de Albarracin mountains in north-eastern Spain. It’s a tiny town with a population of just 1025, according to the latest census (2007), but I was fascinated to note that in the midst of its narrow winding streets there was the pictured Public Library (Publica Biblioteca). Unfortunately it wasn’t open during the time of my visit so I can only show the exterior view.
Should you be visiting and travelling in Spain, I can thoroughly recommend a visit to Albarracin which is widely regarded as one of the most picturesque villages in all of Spain. It also is a popular destination for the “bouldering” fraternity – i.e. for those who climb rocks, not mountains.
The town of Albarracin
Another view of Albarracin
Photo by Ganesha Balunsat
Antonnio Paolucci, the Director of the Vatican Museums recently said: ” Every looted painting or plundered library is a wound to civilisation which cannot be healed – a disaster for Italy and humanity as a whole”.
His comments came as a response to the news of many thefts of old books (around 4,000) from the Girolamini’s 16th century library; thefts included works by Galileo Galilei and Thomas More’s Utopia.
Reported by Lizzy Davies in Rome for the Guardian.
Weird things customers say in bookshops by Jen Campbell
I was given this little book at Christmas, but some of the stories included could equally apply to libraries.
Customer: Have you read every single book in here?
Bookseller: No, I can’t say I have
Customer: Well you’re not very good at your job, are you?
Welcome back to the start of a new term, in a new year, 2013.
We have a display in the library at the moment reminding everyone about the freedom we have in this country to read a wide collection of books. The display includes many books found in our library, which for political, religious, racial or intolerance reasons have at some times in the past been banned across the world in a variety of countries.
This is a timely reminder because only this week we heard about the deliberate destruction of ancient and irreplaceable documents held in Timbuktu Library when Islamist militants set fire to it.
“The offending texts ranged from history to geography and astronomy, medicine and Islamic law; writings dating back in some cases as far as the 13th Century.”
To read more about this