Backbone. Casewrap. Headband.
How about cover, spine, and pages? At this point, you probably have guessed they all have to do with books.
A book’s backbone is its spine. If a hardcover book has a jacket, the book’s cover underneath is called the casewrap. According to Chronicle Books’ Jenna Homan, the headband is the “small decorative strip of textile used at the top and bottom of a casebound book to decoratively fill the gap between the spine and cover.” Homan offers a simple but fascinating diagram of book parts in the Chronicle Books Blog.
If you were stumped by those specialty terms, I’m not surprised. Most librarians wouldn’t have recognized them either. However, publishers, bookbinders, and hardcore bibliophiles would be well-acquainted with them.
Today’s bibliophiles — book lovers — are in their element. They can find lots to augment and show off their passion for all things book.
Did you know?
Fashionistas and sneakerheads can proclaim their book love with book-themed clothing, sneakers and jewelry. Even fantasy evening gowns. Too much? Maybe not after you see designer Sylvie Falcon’s book-themed steampunk evening dress. Go ahead, Google it.
Many bibliophiles also love paper and letter writing. Local stationery shops welcome paperphiles and bibliophiles. Visit Stationery Loft (http://www.stationeryloft.com) in downtown Lakeland and The Paper Seahorse (https://www.paperseahorse.com/) in Tampa. Want to know about local letter writing clubs? Visit Tammy Wright’s Paper Tams blog at www.papertams.com.
If you’re a bibliophile who loves pens, notebooks, AND receiving packages, take a look at SCRIBEdelivery. Their monthly service mails “a curated, themed box of pens, notebooks, pencils, and (other) items” to subscribers. At $29/monthly, their service might be too expensive for some. However, their Instagram pics make for lovely and enticing viewing: www.instagram.com/scribedelivery/ and www.scribedelivery.com/.
Bibliophiles also know the power of reading. Influential people — Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffet — spend at least five hours a week reading. Author Michael Simmons explained their five-hour habit fell into three categories: reading, reflection, and experimentation. Read www.businessinsider.com/bill-gates-warren-buffet-and-oprah-all-use-the-5-hour-rule-2017-7/#1-read-1.
I think it’s time to dig out my book earrings and curl up with a book.
Lakeland Public Library
Tired of your gently used Christmas decorations and ornaments? Lakeland Public Library is collecting them for a series of projects and programs. In a few months, you might see some of them in a new home: Lakeland Public Library's ornament wreath.
You can drop them off at our Main Library (100 Lake Morton Drive). For more information, contact Suzanne Connolly at 863-834-1828 or Suzanne.Connolly@lakelandgov.net.
Like indie films? Like international films? Join Lakeland Public Library’s i² film club on Aug. 26 at 10:30 a.m. — “After the Storm,” a Japanese film with English subtitles. The international independent film viewing and discussion group meets every fourth Saturday each month at 10:30 a.m. in the Larry R. Jackson Branch Library Meeting Room (1700 N. Florida Ave.) For more information, contact Brenda Patterson at 863-834-4276 or Brenda.Patterson@lakelandgov.net.
Lake Wales Public Library
Lake Wales Public Library hosts the Smithsonian Traveling exhibition “The Way We Worked” from Aug. 18 through Sept. 30. An opening reception will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Lake Wales Museum & Cultural Center (325 S. Scenic Highway). The exhibit explores work and American culture over 150 years. Lake Wales Public Library also hosts the following related programs:
● 2 p.m. Aug. 19 — “The Way We Worked” lecture, presenter Steven Noll.
● 6 p.m. Aug. 28 — “The Way We Worked in Lake Wales” presented by Caren Neile.
Additional programs will continue in September. For a complete list of events, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 863-676-1759 or 863-678-4004.
Latt Maxcy Memorial Public Library
Want to help your child read better? Therapy dogs are the answer. Join Ms. Carol and therapy dog Zoee at the Latt Maxcy Memorial Library in Frostproof for Paws to Read every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 863-635-7857.
Polk County Library Cooperative (PCLC)
Behind the Stacks is the official newsletter for Polk County’s library cooperative. The newsletter is coordinated by Jennifer Kovac, PCLC’s Outreach Services Librarian. The latest issue, “Vivian’s Story: Reading is the Basis for Everything,” shares the inspiring (library) story of Winter Haven resident Vivian Newton: http://bit.ly/2wx8eoJ. For more information, contact Kovac at 863-519-8524 or email@example.com.
Winter Haven Public Library
Winter Haven Public Library hosts the Sage-ing Program for older adults 10 a.m. to noon every Monday. Participants use writing and experience for further personal growth and wisdom. For more information on Sage-ing’s International Program, visit www.sage-ing.org. For more information on Winter Haven Public Library’s group, contact Cori Greear at firstname.lastname@example.org or 863-291-5880.
Brenda Joyce Patterson is Fine Arts/Adult Programming Librarian at Lakeland Public Library.