Tall And True Short Reads
My Favourite Libraries
Episode 38 (12 November 2021)
A friend shared a Facebook post from November 2017, inviting the reader to “Step Inside the World’s Coolest Library”. The futuristically designed library in Tianjin, China (aptly nicknamed “The Eye”) is lined from floor to cathedral high ceilings with bookshelves, which follow the building’s curved contours.
My Favourite Libraries
Season Two: Episode 38 (12 November 2021)
Read My Favourite Libraries: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/my-favourite-libraries
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I wrote the My Favourite Libraries blog post in December 2017, inspired by a Facebook post about the “World’s Coolest Library” in Tianjin, China.
The Tianjin Library had me reflecting on my experience of libraries. From my childhood in Perth to my mid-twenties and thirties in England and as a middle-aged dad in Sydney. And this led me to nominate three favourites in the blog post: the “Baysey” Library (in Perth), the Brighton Library (in England) and the Waverley Library (in Sydney).
The Waverley Library remains my local library. But since I wrote this blog post four years ago, my teenage “reluctant reader” has grown older and even more reluctant. And so when I visit the library nowadays, it’s for me and not for my son.
COVID-19 and lockdowns obviously affected libraries, and many were closed for parts of 2020 and 2021. However, as they’ve done with audiobooks and ebooks, libraries adapted and switched to online services. And over the past couple of years, I’ve attended several talks and workshops via Zoom.
For example, a podcasting workshop run by the Waverley Library during the first Sydney lockdown in July 2020 inspired me to launch Tall And True Short Reads.
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