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Awesome vending machine sells random book titles

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

I cannot tell you how much this made me smile! Thanks to MyModernMet for the story. The Monkey’s Paw, an antiquarian bookshop in Toronto, has built a fabulous vending machine. Put in $2 in quarters and get a book – a random book, any book, a completely unpredictable surprise book! For book lovers, what could be better? Who knows what undiscovered gems might be hiding in the machine?

The Biblio-Mat was built by Craig Small for The Monkey’s Paw. According to the owners, “The machine was conceived as an artful alternative to the ubiquitous and often ignored discount sidewalk bin. When a customer puts coins into it, the Biblio-Mat dramatically whirrs and vibrates as the machine is set in motion. The ring of an old telephone bell enhances the thrill when the customer’s mystery book is delivered with a satisfying clunk into the receptacle below.”

You can watch the video below to see how it works. I love the vintage look of the thing and the crazy noises it makes. I would be putting all my quarters in this thing, just to see what might come out.

The BIBLIO-MAT from Craig Small on Vimeo.


Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Enough bookshelves — I’m not sure I understand the phrase…

“I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.”

– Anna Quindlen, American author

Bringing Classic Characters to Life

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

I stumbled across this on MyModernMet, and I wanted to share it. these little dioramas are adorable, bringing tiny illustrations of classic book characters to life. Here’s more about the project:

Thomas Allen brings literary characters to life in a charming diorama series of paper “dolls” cut from book illustrations. The tiny people he frees from the pages of vintage books display the innocent fashion of the 1940s and ‘50s. He repositions the figures in new, surprising environments: A group of schoolboys plays a game atop a solar system map, a milkman delivers bottles against a galactic backdrop, and a little girl skips rope in front of a black-and-white book page, evidently overjoyed to be unbound from the pages.

Allen drew inspiration for his project from his childhood love of View-Masters and pop-up books. He enjoys projects that visually juxtapose characters and settings. “Allen gently cuts around the shape of his figures, physically releasing them from their two-dimensional surface and then places them in a new display of meaningful interactions,” his gallery webpage explains. “His characters are brought to life from their pages and covers by detailed lighting and selective focus, ultimately telling a distinct narrative with their newly defined settings.”

MyModernMet is a great place to find interesting art projects. Check them out!



Welcome to 2015!

Thursday, January 1st, 2015


The Epic Reads Glossary

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

I have been having so much fun on the Epic Reads Glossary! You’ll probably see some of my favorites pop up here from time to time…


Have a very happy holiday, whichever holiday you may be celebrating!

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

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The infamous TBR pile…

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Take Your Child to a Bookstore Saturday, December 6th

Friday, December 5th, 2014

TakeYourChildToABookstorePin1Saturday, December 6th is the fifth annual Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day. What a great idea! I loved libraries and bookstores as a kid, and I think that most kids do — what a treasure trove of cool stuff! All the colors, all the books, all the related toys and games, the pens and stickers and all the things that engage us and fascinate us with books. I think it’s a great way to get kids engaged with books. From their website:

“Bookstores hold a place in the hearts and times of our community. They are places to discover an author, a story, a life. Nothing affords the conversation and interaction among books and book lovers that a bookstore does. In the future, whether you download your story or pluck a volume off a shelf, a bookstore will be able to accommodate. But in order for bookstores to flourish and thrive, we must expose future generations to the unique pleasures they offer. On December 6th, 2014, take a child in your life to a bookstore. Watch his face light up as you give him free access, not just to a new book, but to tomorrow.” —Jenny Milchman

So make plans now to take the kids in your life to a bookstore – you can check the interactive map on their website to see if the bookstores near you are hosting special events. Getting kids started on a lifetime of reading is a the greatest gift you can give them.

And finally…

Saturday, November 29th, 2014





I know I haven’t been around here much lately. I’ve been busy! Lots going on and the holiday and NaNoWriMo – but now, I’ve got one less excuse.

Go me!





I know that I haven’t been around here much lately — lots going on and the holidays and NaNoWriMo. Now, I’ve got one less excuse.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 27th, 2014