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August 29, 2018

Founded in Chicago in 1910 The Delphian Society was a national organization dedicated to the education of woman.

The name is derived from the ancient Greek priestess Pythia of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi who also served as the Oracle of Delphi. The name Pythia is derived from Pytho, which in myth was the original name of Delphi.

The Delphian Society got their impetus from then President of Harvard University Charles William Eliot who believed that education serves the purpose of inspiring lifelong learning and those who do not receive it "seem to live in a mental vacuum."

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Probably best known for their Course of Reading series published in 1913 they also published

a 9 volume set Orientation for Modern Times in 1936-7. The set is comprised of three parts: 

Basic Trends; Creative Thinkers and Understanding Modern Art. In addition to the top-tier content the books feature some pretty nifty typography and page design. 

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August 23, 2018

Here are three scrumptious new arrivals available for checkout in our Food & Drink section: 

Not for Bread Alone: Writers on Food, Wine, and the Art of Eating by Daniel Halpern (Editor)

Ecco Press, (1993). Includes contributions by Wendell Berry, Colette, Harry Crews, Michael Dorris, MFK Fisher, Charles Lamb, Rose Macaulay, Harry Matthews, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, and Alice Waters among others

Feeding Frenzy: Across Europe in Search of the Perfect Meal by Stuart Stevens

Atlantic Monthly Press, (1997)

Food and Material Culture: Proceedings of the Fourth Symposium of the International Commission for Research into European Food History by Alexander Fenton and Martin R. Schärer (Editors). Tuckwell Press Ltd., (1998)

More Food & Drink books at Folio

March 3, 2018

 'Keep Hope Alive' - The Rev. Jesse Jackson at the 1988 Democratic Convention.

A year later this 4pp. piece was published on the campus of the University of Iowa.

Here we are almost 30 years later and hope begins to spring.  The #MeToo movement has put violence against women front and center in our country's dialogue and it is not going away.

Our hats are off to these courageous women at the University of Iowa who efforts have not gone to waste.

And what a fun cartoon to end with.

Sexism Kills. Iowa City: Women's Caucus of New Wave & New Wave at the University of Iowa, [1989]. 1pp. folded.

February 28, 2018

Folio is pleased to have been chosen as TinyCat's first ever Library of the Month. TinyCat is the online catalog powered by LibraryThing that we use to showcase our collection to the world.

Read the rest of the interview

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February 9, 2018

Though her work is set in the heartland of America it was in New York City where Willa Cather lived off and on for most of her adult life.

In 1928 Willa Cather joined the New York Society Library and until her death in 1947, it is safe to say that she and her partner Edith Lewis were active library users.

Currently on view at NYSL is an exhibition showcasing the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s relationship to the Library and to the city.

The exhibit features a slew of lending cards that give us an inside look at Cather's reading life. 


“I’m not sure themes or preferences emerge except that one is always aware of Cather’s questing, inquisitive mind and her intense interest in literature past and present. And what a mind!”  says Harriet Shapiro, head of exhibitions at the NYSL

Also on view is an essay by Truman Capote describing his humorous meeting with Cather at the Library during a 1942 snowstorm, a selection of Cather first editions and...