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The Christmas Tree of Knowledge

   December 20th, 2011

My sister-in-law takes my niece to their library frequently, and last week she texted me this photo:

Christmas tree made of green books

This is in the Sandusky (OH) Library (where I grew up), and I think it's great. Slightly less massive than this one, and it makes me wonder if the staff marked all those volumes as "Display" in their catalog.

Anyway, this also serves as my annual "don't expect to hear from me for awhile" Christmas post - hopefully when I'm visiting my family in Ohio, I'll be able to stop into the Sandusky Library and check out their tree. Happy Holidays everyone.

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8 Responses to “The Christmas Tree of Knowledge”

  1. Kathy Says:

    Those look suspiciously like weeded copies of the Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature to me.

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  3. Erin Says:

    We tried to build a book tree like this for our Christmas display last year – it can actually be pretty challenging to make it work and come out looking like a decent tree!

  4. Christina Says:

    This is great! I am trying to campaign for our Friends of the Library to create one of these next year; we have a lovely artificial tree with book ornaments, but I think we need a Book Tree too. And yay for Ohio libraries! (says a fellow Buckeye)

  5. Julia Says:

    We made one at our library too. Here’s a picture of it, along with how we did it:
    As far as marking them “display,” we had been saving green books from weeding and donations that weren’t going to be added into our main collection. That way, none of our books were out of circulation.

  6. Dorene from Ohio Says:

    I hope you do get a chance to visit the Sandusky Library. There are great decorations throughout the whole building!

  7. Brian Herzog Says:

    Thanks for tips on how to make a tree like this – hopefully I can talk my library into trying it next year.

    @Dorene: unfortunately, I didn’t make it to the library. Actually, I hardly even left the house – too much food to eat and too many nieces and nephews to play with. Hopefully next time.

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