Library stacks and bow ties and ducks, oh my!

A little peek behind the curtains of this blog…

My husband did such a great job putting together the header graphic for my blog. He volunteered — because he’s so much faster at Photoshop than me and because he’s a sweetie — and he was so good at being able to put together what I described. I wanted more of a vintage, old-cinema feel to the blog, and I’ve always loved the look of film canisters and film reels. So when I described having a film reel behind the blog title (and we’d already been through a discussion and several renditions of Hollywood lights as a border, which just wasn’t gelling), Sam had an “A-ha!” moment and started pounding furiously on the computer. And yes, I mean that literally: the phrase “A-ha” did escape, out loud, from his mouth. So Sam took one of his own photographs, did a sepia wash over it, and inserted that into the film reel graphic. I love the effect! Do you?

The photo is one of library stacks — appropriate — which are in the University of Oregon’s Knight Library. 2nd floor, to be exact. We took a trip down to Eugene in late summer, and I can’t resist visiting libraries wherever we go. Here’s the original photo (above). And I love that with the repetition of the film reel in the header, the bookcases create kind of a bow-tie effect. (Go ahead, scroll up to the top and take another look at the header. I’ll wait.) The hint of bow tie is also appropriate in my mind, and a bit sentimental — I did a program, “Beyond the Bow Tie: Male Librarians in Film” at the 2008 Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference in San Francisco.

Detail showing the seven engravings over the f...

Knight Library - Image via Wikipedia

Also, you might remember that the University of Oregon also starred as the backdrop of the cult film, Animal House (1978). It is a very beautiful campus, one with lots of trees and lovely corners to sit and think or discuss meaningful (or trivial!) things. And Knight Library (at right), the main library on campus, feels quite majestic and full of grandeur, with all its wrought iron and glass details. I’m so happy to have that Oregonian touch for my blog, as Oregon is now my home.

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