The next time I’m in Brooklyn I will definitely visit the Reanimation Library.
What’s not to love about a library with a mission statement like this:
“The Reanimation Library was established in order to
- build a collection of resources that inspire the production of new creative work
- pan for gold in the sediment of print culture
- emphasize the visual content of books
- encourage collaboration among human beings
- call attention to the generative potential of libraries
- contribute to our cultural commons and gift economy
- explore pathways between digital and analog worlds
You are invited to join the library in these endeavors.”
– From the Reanimation Library website http://www.reanimationlibrary.org/pages/mission.htm
Basically, they collect books with high visual appeal that have been discarded, weeded from other library collections, or otherwise kicked to the curb, only to be brought back to life in a new physical space with an online presence to boot.
A search for “locks” resulted in:
Hennessy, Thomas F. Early Locks and Lockmakers of America. Illinois: Nickerson and Collins Publishing, 1976.
The cover may not wow! you but some of the images within are worth the exploration… ahem, don’t judge a book by its cover.