Recommended reading

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💻 David Byrne explains that to increase usage of libraries, one by one they’re dropping fines for late returns! It’s counterintuitive — but it’s working. Read Libraries Are Going Fine-Free

Kodak No. 2 Brownie, Model F, Kodak Ektar 100, 2019

📷 Showing the value of keeping your negatives, Steve Mitchell looked back through his and scanned a few choice photographs of his mother. It’s a lovely retrospective, and you can definitely see the times in each photo. Read My Mother

📷 Om Malik compares the iPhone camera to the original Kodak Brownie box camera. They’re equally as revolutionary, he says, because both changed our relationship with photography. Read Why iPhone is today’s Kodak Brownie camera

📷 Instant photography continues to be the most alluring film-photography method in the world. Aiden Bell looks at Polaroid’s new Now camera and finds it wanting. Read Polaroid Now Instant Camera Review


9 responses to “Recommended reading”

  1. brandib1977 Avatar

    Love your feature image! The colors are amazing and that store looks like a time capsule waiting to be explored.

    I also want to note that my local library, which serves our entire county of 13,000 people, went fine free just after the turn of the century, I know of a few other libraries in smaller area communities that did the same. I suspect that the movement originated in small, rural libraries where most patrons live hovering above or in poverty. The last I heard, they were in extremely comfortable financial standing (thanks to some generous benefactors) and the income wasn’t nearly so important as community participation.

    It never occurred to me that larger libraries hadn’t already done this!

    As always, an interesting collection today!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Here’s a better shot of the whole thing:

      Thorntown Marathon

      Here it is from the back. It’s on the eastern edge of town, welcoming visitors:


      I haven’t visited the library since my kids were small, so I’ve lost touch with what’s going on there!

      1. brandib1977 Avatar

        Love it! Where is this anyway?

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          Thorntown, Indiana. It’s in Boone County northwest of where I live. I can be there in a half hour.

          1. brandib1977 Avatar

            Hahaha. Great story. Sounds like a classic small town. Looks like about four hours for me but I’ll be sure to mind my manners if I ever go.

  2. dionyb Avatar

    I’m a Librarian and I would like my system to adapt the no fines policy. Unfortunately we are funded by the State and any changes, especially so drastic, proceeds at a glacial speed here in Hawaii. Of note due to the pandemic and subsequent stay at home directives my library system did implement, finally after so many years of hemming and hawing, on line membership sign up and a movie streaming service to name two.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Hunh, libraries funded by the state! That’s definitely not how it works here in Indiana!

  3. Steve Mitchell Avatar

    Thanks for the mention Jim! As always some interesting reads :)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      My pleasure Steve!

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