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Book Lovers Alert: 8 Of The Most Spectacular Libraries In The World

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Book Lovers Alert: 8 Of The Most Spectacular Libraries In The World

Reading is probably one of my favorite things to do, but as a graduate student I don’t have a lot of extra money for going to local bookstores and filling up a shopping cart. Because of this, I spend a lot of time at libraries– both local branches and the one at my school. And though they’re great resources for all kinds of books (and audiobooks), they’re not exactly awe-inspiring.

If you find yourself in the same boat, let’s start planning a trip to some of these amazing libraries around the world, with at least one in almost every continent.

1. National Library of China, Beijing

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    Adam Rifkin

    This library has more than 31 million items including books, Chinese literature, and historical documents. This gorgeous library is the largest in Asia and one of the biggest libraries in the entire world. We could spend a few days exploring it and still not know everything it has to offer.

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    2. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Connecticut

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      Lauren Manning

      Although this manuscript library is closed for some extensive renovations right now, we can visit it after it reopens in September 2016 to find out what they’ve changed and improved. Its marble exterior protects the valuable materials from direct sunlight while the glass enclosure that holds the books provides climate control to protect them from visitors.

      3. Stuttgart City Library, Germany

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        Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart

        Europe’s addition to our list is a huge nine-story library. The first four floors are your standard building shape, but the upper five floors form a pyramid with a glass ceiling. The inside is just as beautifully designed and is ready for us to visit- and those little blue couches look like the perfect place to relax with a good book.

        4. Rand Club Reading Room, Johannesburg

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          Andrew Moore

          Although this particular library is members only, it has more than 10,000 books, magazines, newspapers, and “irreplaceable treasures.” Maybe we can sneak in and take a look at their beautiful books. Who’s with me?

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          5. Adelaide City Library, Australia

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            Jon Westra

            This library is home to some absolutely stunning architecture, in addition to all of the books. The ceiling has a glass dome in the middle of it to add some natural light and let us enjoy a little bit of nature without actually having to go outside.

            6. The Royal Portuguese Reading Room, Brazil

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              Mathieu Bertrand Struck

              This South American library was completed in 1887 and apparently holds more Portuguese works than anywhere else outside of Portugal. It’s a beautiful building with some rare works, an amazing chandelier and an iron skylight. It has a wealth of information to offer us on top of the beautiful architecture.

              7. National Art Library, London

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                lizsmith

                If you also love art, you can try out the National Art Library in Kensington. It has reference materials about all kinds of art, from painting, to textiles, to woodwork and sculptures. It does have books too, but some of those books are works of art themselves and aren’t kept for reading.

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                8. Trinity College, Dublin

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                  Irish Welcome Tours

                  Trinity College’s library is the largest research library in Ireland AND it’s the legal deposit library for the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. This means that it gets a copy of every book that’s published in those countries. That results in the library acquiring about 100,000 new works every year. I think that could keep us busy for a little while.

                  Although there are probably hundreds more beautiful libraries in a bunch more countries, this list will give you a good starting point to plan your trip. Once you’ve hit all of these libraries, you can definitely say that you’re a well-read person who’s been to (almost) every continent.

                  Once they build a library in Antarctica, I’ll update this list so we can make it there too.

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                  Featured photo credit: Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart via flic.kr

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                  The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

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                  The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

                  Camping can be hard work, but it’s the preparation that’s even harder. There are usually a lot of things to do in order to make sure that you and your family or friends have the perfect camping experience. But sometimes you might get to your destination and discover that you have left out one or more crucial things.

                  There is no dispute that preparation and organization for a camping trip can be quite overwhelming, but if it is done right, you would see at the end of the day, that it was worth the stress. This is why it is important to ensure optimum planning and execution. For this to be possible, it is advised that in addition to a to-do-list, you should have a camping checklist to remind you of every important detail.

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                  Why You Should Have a Camping Checklist

                  Creating a camping checklist makes for a happy and always ready camper. It also prevents mishaps.  A proper camping checklist should include every essential thing you would need for your camping activities, organized into various categories such as shelter, clothing, kitchen, food, personal items, first aid kit, informational items, etc. These categories should be organized by importance. However, it is important that you should not list more than you can handle or more than is necessary for your outdoor adventure.

                  Camping checklists vary depending on the kind of camping and outdoor activities involved. You should not go on the internet and compile a list of just any camping checklist. Of course, you can research camping checklists, but you have to put into consideration the kind of camping you are doing. It could be backpacking, camping with kids, canoe camping, social camping, etc. You have to be specific and take note of those things that are specifically important to your trip, and those things which are generally needed in all camping trips no matter the kind of camping being embarked on.

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                  Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next camping trip.

                  1. First off, you must have found the perfect campground that best suits your outdoor adventure. If you haven’t, then you should. Sites like Reserve America can help you find and reserve a campsite.
                  2. Find or create a good camping checklist that would best suit your kind of camping adventure.
                  3. Make sure the whole family is involved in making out the camping check list or downloading a proper checklist that reflects the families need and ticking off the boxes of already accomplished tasks.
                  4. You should make out or download a proper checklist months ahead of your trip to make room for adjustments and to avoid too much excitement and the addition of unnecessary things.
                  5. Checkout Camping Hacks that would make for a more fun camping experience and prepare you for different situations.

                  Now on to the checklist!

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                  Here is how your checklist should look

                  1. CAMPSITE GEAR

                  • Tent, poles, stakes
                  • Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
                  • Extra tarp or canopy
                  • Sleeping bag for each camper
                  • Sleeping pad for each camper
                  • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
                  • Pillows
                  • Extra blankets
                  • Chairs
                  • Headlamps or flashlights ( with extra batteries)
                  • Lantern
                  • Lantern fuel or batteries

                  2.  KITCHEN

                  • Stove
                  • Fuel for stove
                  • Matches or lighter
                  • Pot
                  • French press or portable coffee maker
                  • Corkscrew
                  • Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs
                  • Food-storage containers
                  • Trash bags
                  • Cooler
                  • Ice
                  • Water bottles
                  • Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives
                  • Cups, mugs
                  • Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
                  • Cutting board
                  • Foil
                  • soap
                  • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
                  • Paper towels
                  • Extra bin for washing dishes

                  3. CLOTHES

                  • Clothes for daytime
                  • Sleepwear
                  • Swimsuits
                  • Rainwear
                  • Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes
                  • Extra layers for warmth
                  • Gloves
                  • Hats

                  4. PERSONAL ITEMS

                  • Sunscreen
                  • Insect repellent
                  • First-aid kit
                  • Prescription medications
                  • Toothbrush, toiletries
                  • Soap

                  5. OTHER ITEMS

                  • Camera
                  • Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number
                  • Maps, area information

                  This list is not completely exhaustive. To make things easier, you can check specialized camping sites like RealSimpleRainyAdventures, and LoveTheOutdoors that have downloadable camping checklists that you can download on your phone or gadget and check as you go.

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