(don’t lend them)
On the plus side not only will JYHS Library lend a book we won’t use any weapons on you!
Book Mountain - Spijkenisse, The Netherlands
MVRDV designed this unique building near Rotterdam with 9,300 square meters of glass, stairs, and reading material culminating into a wide open reading space at the top, to challenge the intimidating stuffiness of libraries of old.
Featuring a huge glass and timber outer shell, this astounding library is a tiered, five-story structure similar to a pyramid, with books stacked on shelves that wind around brick walls. Quite the spectacle at night, and filled with natural light during the day, the building was meant to symbolize accessibilty to literature and learning. Its beacon-like design and naturally flowing open spaces house over 70,000 books, and the building runs on a graywater system and the racks are made of recycled KLP plastics.
Book Mountain won the Dutch National Wood award in 2012, and is a public library.
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
Just So Stories for Little Children, which includes tales such as How the Camel got his Hump and How the Leopard got his Spots, is Rudyard Kipling’s (1865-1936) fantastical take on Darwinian evolution and remains among the most loved of his work.
The stories also had a deeply personal resonance for Kipling: as they were originally invented for the entertainment of his own children and those of his friends. Throughout the stories Kipling addresses the reader as ‘Best Beloved.’ This is more than just an attempt to bring a sense of intimacy; it is an allusion to his daughter Josephine who died at the age of six, just a few years before the stories were published.
The book was originally published in 1902 with Kipling’s self-drawn black and white illustrations. In 1912 colour illustrations by Joseph M. Gleeson were added. Kipling’s cover design includes the ancient Hindu good luck symbol, which is often mistaken for a Nazi swastika.
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