Introducing The Vogue Archive

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We are pleased to announce a new and exciting resource, The Vogue Archive, a searchable archive of American Vogue magazine from its premiere issue in 1892 to the current month, available in high-resolution color images. Preserving the work of the world’s greatest fashion designers, stylists,  and photographers, The Vogue Archive is a unique record of American and international fashion, culture, and society from the dawn of the modern era to the present day.

Every page, advertisement, cover, and fold-out is included, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by garment type, designer, and brand name. You can even search by editor (e.g., Diana Vreeland, Anna Wintour), photographer (e.g., David Bailey, Richard Avedon), or other contributors (including such world-renowned artists and writers as Georges Lepape and Evelyn Waugh). The Vogue Archive is an invaluable resource for those interested in fashion history, art, and photography, as well as modern American culture. The world of fashion is now at your fingertips so check it out today!


A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum


A Democracy of Images is an online collection of stunning photographs, and a real visual treat, all taken from the Smithsonian Art Museum photograph collection. They represent the American experience and are grouped into four categories: American Characters, which contains photographs of people; Spiritual Frontier, which focuses on the wonders of the natural landscape; America Inhabited, which looks at industrialized America; and Imagination At Work, which presents more abstract pieces.  The site also features an extended collection which features eight other categories.

My personal favorites are in the America Inhabited section with some amazing black and white photographs of big city nightlife. Clicking on an image will provide more information on the picture’s origin and also allows you to see an enlarged version.

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Join Us for the 13th Annual Attic Treasures and Collectibles Event

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You never know what valuables are hiding in your attic. That watch you’ve held on to for years could be worth a fortune, and it’s time to find out! Our annual Attic Treasures and Collectibles program will be held at the Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, on Saturday, October 5, from 9:00am-1:00pm.

The program is open to the public, and in order to give everyone a chance to be seen, it will be limited to 3 items per person. Knowledgeable specialists in ceramics, coins, jewelry, paintings, pottery, civil war artifacts, antique tools, paper, books, small furniture and vintage items will be available to help identify and evaluate items. For further details please call 270-1928.

Don’t forget to check our antique resources like the p4A Antiques Database (as used by the Antiques Roadshow) our Antiques InfoGuide, and we have lots of useful books in the library catalog.




Author-Illustrator Program: Linda Sue Park

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Linda Sue ParkThe 36th Annual Author-Illustrator Program features Linda Sue Park, renowned author of books for children and teens. On Thursday, October 3, at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch, Linda Sue Park will present a free program for adults, teens, and children at 7:00 p.m.

On Friday, October 4, Linda Sue Park will lead a workshop for teachers, writers and students at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch. A continental breakfast will be offered at 8:00 a.m., and Linda Sue Park’s program will begin at 8:30 a.m. Registration is required to attend the Friday workshop; the registration fee is $25 for adults and $10 for students. The Author/Illustrator Program affords teachers, librarians, parents and other interested adults an excellent opportunity for an exchange of ideas with prominent writers, artists, scholars, and performers of literature for children and young adults.

Previous notable artists in the field of literature who have been featured include Avi, Patricia and Fred McKissack, E. L. Konigsburg, Stephen Kellogg, Paula Danziger, Mercer Mayer, and Richard Peck. Both events will include a book sale and autograph session, sponsored by Patrons of the Public Library. Linda Sue Park will autograph copies of her books that will be sold at the program.

With several books for children and young adults to her name, Linda Sue Park has won numerous awards including the Newbery Medal, ALA Best Book for Children, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and the Skipping Stones Honor Award.

For more information about the program and to register, call (225) 231-3760.

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Vintage Travel Posters


I wanted to share with you this neat digital collection from Los Angeles Public Library featuring vintage travel posters. These distinct posters have a vibrant unique style. There are currently 89 to browse through from around the world. Clicking on a poster will give you more information, and you can also see a full screen version and enjoy the poster in detail. They make for great wallpapers! Take a look at the LAPL Travel Poster Collection. My favorites are Scheveningen and Lausanne-Ouchy What are your favorites?