Libraries: Imaginatively Liberating

Thoughts become words, words become stories, stories bound into books, books become hours of discovery into worlds and minds. Some easy to understand, others needing to be dissected one word, phrase, line, sentence at a time to discover it’s meaning.  The life of a logophile and bibliophile is filled with the love of language and literature, reading and writing, a love affair with words. To think back on some of the best time that I have spent alone in life, words and books have always played a part. My first form of meditating and visioning happened inside the walls of libraries and inside the pages of books.  Inside the wall of the Enoch Pratt Library is where I fell in love with not just books and words but architecture and peaceful silence. When traveling one of the things I love to visit are libraries.

As a native of Baltimore it’s nice to know that one of the libraries that others recognize around the world is housed here in our city, The George Peabody Library.  CNN released a video sharing some of the world’s most exquisite libraries and the Baltimore Charm made the list. Not only did it make CNNs list but it has made the list of several pieces that highlight beautiful libraries around the world. Here are just a few….libraries definitely take you beyond words.

http://peabodyevents.library.jhu.edu/history/

http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/most-beautiful-libraries-in-the-world/3

http://www.businessinsider.com/18-of-the-worlds-greatest-libraries-2014-12

http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/photos/18-of-the-most-beautiful-libraries-in-the-world/10-george-peabody#top-desktop

Photo Credit: Jeff Lee

George Peabody Library photo by Jeff Lee

 

 

 

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