The Simpsons is an animated television series about a dysfunctional-yet-loving family living in the fictional town of Springfield. The family consists of Homer, the father, and Marge, the mother, and their three children- Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The creator, Matt Groening, came up with the concept of a satirical look at the American family in the late 1980s and, along with producer James. L. Brooks, created a series of animated shorts. These short cartoons were first shown on the Tracy Ullman Show on the 19th of April 1987, and after 3 seasons on there, it was commissioned for a half hour stand-alone television show for prime time.
Still going strong today, The Simpsons is now the longest running animated series on television, and the longest running American sitcom.
My favourite member of the Simpson family is the studious Lisa Simpson. As a fellow middle child, her frustrations and occasional angsty moments really resonated with me. Many Reading Addicts also feel a kinship with Lisa as she is a bookish soul, always happy to visit the Springfield Library, or relax at home with a book. The Simpsons has included some fabulous literary references: here we have put together some of our favourite literary moments spotted over the years, mostly involving lovely Lisa Simpson!
If your community was cut off from the rest of the country, how would you access your new and favourite books?
Back in the 1930s, after the Great Depression, there was a lack of funds for public services such as libraries. In around May 1936 the American Library Association estimated that over a third of all Americans had no real access to public libraries.
The Pack Horse Library Project was started in 1935 to help tackle this problem in the area of the Appalachian Mountains. This area of Kentucky, USA was particularly inaccessible back then, with over 30% of the rural community there being illiterate. The poorer communities realised that literacy was one way out of poverty so they banded together to donate books, and facilities to store books.
With help from the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) the Digital Library has been available since September and is free for all users.
The library boasts an extensive range of books, along with manuscripts, videos, artworks, maps, and audio, and in seven different languages. Users can search for content in various ways: through simple searches of type of item, topic, etc, or with the interactive maps and timelines.
This month London’s South Bank will be host to a micro-cabin of literature; the smallest library in the capital, measuring a rather tiny 3.5 square metres. The library will be home to books telling the story of London’s rich history covering everything from ancient tomes to modern day classics that reflect the city and its history.
It is important to understand what our nations did, and how we became the powerful countries we are today. The sacrifices made by our ancestors, as well as the now-abhorrent action taken in the name of progress cannot and should not be ignored.
To truly understand why certain people feel certain ways, and why others are treated the way they are to this day is related directly to our past. We start with American history- land of the free and home of the brave- But how did they get to that point?
These American history books are a fascinating look into how America became the multiethnic, multicultural, multilingual powerhouse she is today.
The archive website states:
“As a vital part of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s mission as an educational institution, the Guggenheim Museum’s Publications Department publishes books and catalogues to document its exhibitions and collections.”
Art is a wonderful thing to be able to share and we hope you take some time to visit the website and find something that inspires you. Meanwhile, have a peek at some of the gorgeous art book covers below to see what is available to download…
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