CNN reports that garbage collectors in Ankara, Turkey have opened a library with books “once destined for the landfills.” The library, located in the Çankaya district of Ankara, was founded by sanitation workers for use by themselves and their families from discarded books they found during their daily trash collections. But once the word spread, donations began to pour in and now the library is open to the public. In fact, they’ve been so successful in their collection development efforts that “the library now loans the salvaged books to schools, educational programs, and even prisons.”
(Thanks to Leah Hinds for this ATG quirky.)
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.