Checking out books on the subway? We can dig it! (And those bookshelf mock-ups would make a pleasant change from Dr. Zizmor ads, not that we don’t love him, too.)
Brilliant idea, meant for anyone who’s been on a long subway ride with nothing to read. But as it turns out, this is just a concept, and the New York Public Library has nothing to do with it, despite their logo being front and center.
The credit goes to students at the Miami Ad School. But the title of their project, “A Simple Solution to help New York’s Empty Libraries,” is flawed, because the libraries in this city aren’t empty at all.
Since 2008, NYPL circulation is up 44 percent, to 28 million. Attendance is up 12 percent, to 18 million. And computer usage is up 160 percent.
That said, Miami’s students are on to something here. NYPL, take note!
Google has indexed many of Bram’s works to read for free, online.
In honor of Bram Stoker, born 165 years ago today and best known for his novel DRACULA, we thought we’d share an old favorite, this Kenn Duncan photo of the late Raul Julia in the 1978 stage production of Stoker’s novel. Tell us your favorite vampire moments in film, books, television or anything else…
Happy birthday Bram!
Got overdue fines at the the library? Your debt can be forgiven—if you read. Read Down Your Fines is new program at the NYPL. Otherwise? Thrown to the lions, for shame. -L.A.