An enchanting little story, of book nooks, an idea that could well grace a military or fantasy modeller’s book shelves? Lots of examples of these on Pinterest. Lots more pictures and links at this BBC article including Harry Potter style Diagon Alley type streets between books:
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5 thoughts on “Book Nooks and Book Ends from BBC News”
Marvellous example of talent and skill on display. Tempting to have a go. Thanks so much for drawing our attention to this, quite made my morning cup of coffee today. Would be wonderful in a children’s section of a library, in fact make that anywhere in a library. I imagine the equivalent of guerrilla gardening where people sneak into libraries and install them quietly be it public, university or school ones. I would have loved to have found one in the rarely visited subterranean stacks in my old university.
They would also be interesting backdrops for all the bookcases in the background that people now have on mobile phone Zoom meetings and TV pundits working from home.
Ah, but they were there, down in the stacks, they just had cunningly flap door book spines. You had to wait till the stacks were really quiet and then you could hear music, or birdsong, waves or talking. Like crickets, the closer you get they sound suddenly stops.
If you dared stay in the stacks at night, risking the random rollback of the stacks which could crush you into pulp fiction, you might also see a glint of light from a hidden window or the bottom of the book spine false cover.
I thought whichever of your daughters who is studying book binding might be intrigued to know what goes on behind the leather spine. For your science daughters, they may be animal burrows, miniature black holes, caves of stalactites etc.
P.P.S. I too think these would be great in children’s libraries. I hope Jen Burdoo likes these. Set lower down for children’s eye view like the Snooville tunnel https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com/2019/10/13/do-a-snooville/
I also like the idea you had of Banksy style insertions of guerilla art into bookshops and libraries.
They look great… but I’m so short of book space I couldn’t fit any on my shelves….
That is a problem … but when the next book goes … and is not replaced …
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