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8 Destinations: Cocktails @ the library

Boston Globe – “Libraries hold a certain cachet. So much so that people will go for dinner and cocktails in places that seem like libraries, but aren’t. (Note to libraries: Consider adding a cocktail hour to the menu in your cafes. That hour could be genteel, civilized, no sawdust on the floors, with more, though not rowdy patrons.) Around the world–in cities, on tropical islands, in small towns–there are bars that want to be associated with all things library. Bar hoppers, meanwhile, can say they’re going to the library and sound literary. Yeah, euphemism, with a wink-wink. Hotels are especially fond of naming their lounges “Library Bar,” perhaps because it seems homier, alhough not everyone’s home library is mansion-worthy. Nevertheless, it’s nice to hang out surrounded by expensive bookshelves with tomes stacked neatly, a world away from the Ikea ones filled with dust back home.”

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How To Find the Book on the Tip of Your Tongue

Galley Cat – “Trying to remember a book you read as a child? Need help finding the title of a short story you loved in college? Post your query on the Tip of My Tongue page at Reddit–hundreds of dedicated readers will help you find the book.”

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A Book Party for the Dead

NYT – “The big names on the invitation for a book party at the St. Regis New York hotel were all dead. Salvador Dalí, Alfred Hitchcock and Diana Vreeland had once lived or lived it up here on East 55th Street, we were told. Had they been among the guests on Wednesday at a party for the release of “It Happened Here” by Lesley M. M. Blume, a book chronicling the St. Regis’s creative history, they would no doubt have reveled again.”

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I came, I saw, I researched

Robert Miller – “Students reflect on library life in six-word memoirs.”

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New Yorker – “How do you make pulling an all-nighter in the library on a Friday—the stuff of collegiate nightmares—an appealing prospect? Host an interactive scavenger hunt and set it at the New York Public Library. “Find the Future” was part of the library’s centennial celebration, and it brought together five hundred bright-eyed book lovers at 7 P.M. on Friday evening and released them, bleary-eyed, around 5 A.M. the following morning. In the hours between, artifacts were discovered, powers were unleashed, secret messages from the future were intercepted, and a book was written.”

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