Libraries. Not just for books.

How many animals have you met and liked? In the last thirty or so years of my life, I’ve been lucky enough to meet many different animals. Happily, it would be a rare occasion for me not to have liked those that I’ve met.

Two other people who have obviously made some lovely animal friends, are local creatives Amanda from ‘Hungry Designs’ and Holly from ‘Pannikin’. They currently have an exhibition of art works at the Brisbane City Library entitled, ‘Animals We Met and Liked’. If you happen to live in Brisbane (or will be here throughout March), it’s a lovely little gathering of works that are well worth visiting. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to think of all the delightful animals that you’ve encountered over the years too?

Animals We Met And Liked Art Exhibition

I’m lucky enough to already have some beautiful creations by these two talented artists, so it’s an extra special bonus to see them collaborating together. Pannikin make the most wonderful tote bags (my ‘Cat Fancy’ tote is shown below), while Hungry Designs make stunningly detailed brooches (the brooch shown below is ‘A Little Rain in Green’).

Hungry Designs & Pannikin

In a time where some people think that printed books are fighting for their lives now more than ever, it’s a delight to discover what other treasures public libraries hold … While I don’t believe printed books or libraries will ever become extinct, perhaps diversity is one key to the survival of libraries well into the future?

Have you discovered something wonderful in the library recently? Or perhaps you’ve found artistic beauty elsewhere?


  1. Erika Lee Sears

    At my library you can order the books online and get them for free and have them delivered in the post office! It’s awesome.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – I think it’s completely awesome that you can order your library books online and have them delivered to the post office. If I could do that I think I’d borrow more from the library! πŸ™‚

  2. Rol

    “How many animals have you met and liked?” More than I have people, obviously. πŸ˜‰
    This post reminded me of a conversation I had with my mum last week. She’s in her 80s now and regularly attends local interest talks at the local chapel. She said she was thinking of doing a talk herself and had thought about doing one called “Animals I Have Loved”. We then went on to discuss all the pets we’d had while I was growing up – cats, dogs… even favourite cows (as I grew up on a farm).

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Rol – Haha, yes I think you’re very much like me in ‘liking more animals you’ve met than people’! πŸ˜‰
      I love the idea your mum had for her talk at the local chapel – ‘animals I’ve loved’ is a wonderful theme for a presentation … I hope she decided to run with the idea? When we reflect back on all those pets we’ve had and animals we’ve encountered throughout our lives, it can be quite incredible to realise just how many we have known.

  3. Sandrine

    It is wonderful to see that the Library is also a place of support for local artists. I love spending time in any library… another zen place :)Amanda and Holly are very talented, that will be a fab exhibition!
    Have a nice week Tracey!
    Sandrine x

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sandrine – It is lovely to see all the things that are happening in libraries, they are very much a hub for community activity and spirit. It’s wonderful that they offer a place for exhibitions by local artists (and it’s also good for me, as I work very close by – so can stop by easily for a visit).

      Thanks for your well wishes for the week Sandrine – I hope your weekend was another fabulous one! πŸ™‚

  4. bobbi

    I have met many animals and I liked them all. Infact, many of them are living with me. I don’t go to libraries anymore: now that I can afford buying books I love going to bookshops!! I’m with you, I don’t think printed books will ever be exstinct. It’s like for vinyls: once we’ve got cds they said it was going to disappear, but many artist are going back to vinyls, and many people is buying turntables again. At least here in italy.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – I can clearly see from your large furry family how much you love animals … I figure there are lots of wonderful animals still left for us to meet! πŸ™‚

      I don’t go to libraries much at all either these days, unless it’s to have a look at some of the non-fiction books before I buy (cheeky I know). Bookshops on the other hand are wonderful places to go – I spend many an hour (and many a dollar) in such establishments! πŸ™‚

      Print is most definitely like the vinyl vs CD situation … it’s not going anywhere! There will always be people who love it well into the future!

  5. Narnie

    I’ve been really slack on the old pc lately, Tracey… and this was a treat to sore eyes. Sheesh, if I lived near you, I would be as BIG as a house. Chocolate Caramel Slice is my favourite and the very best we have around here is in the local Costa Coffee shop. I think you should send me some of yours so I can compare πŸ˜‰ hahaha. My other point to make is that anyone who has condensed milk in their larder is a friend of mine. Yum. Yum yum.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kiersty – No worries about the cross posting of comments (I do that all the time – it’s worse when I leave a comment on the complete wrong blog … so embarrassing!).

      But see if you lived near me, we’d be able to share all the sweet treats … so neither of us would get to be as BIG as a house! πŸ˜‰

      Choc caramel slice is one of my all time favourites … if our postal service was quicker I would definitely send you a batch of mine … or you can always come here for a visit! πŸ˜‰

      Haha – yes both you and condensed milk are friends of mine! πŸ™‚

  6. Narnie

    I posted that in the wrong one – you see I read them all and then whoop it all goes wrong when I go to reply. Tsk. Useless I am. That is for the chocolate caramel slice one and this is for this one. I love these illustrations. They are very evocative and as a huge fan of crystal tips and alastair (checkout my hair… it’s been a long influence) I am all for these feel good block art pieces. Wonderful.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kiersty – I think they are lovely illustrations too … it was a lovely exhibition to go along to, I’m sure you would have loved it too. I love that you’ve had such a fantastically long influence on your hair … I seem to (quite literally) chop and change all over the place.

      Glad you liked the art! πŸ™‚

      PS. I’ve been a bit all over the place at the moment too, so it means a visit to your blog is long overdue … I’ll be dropping by and catching up again shortly.

  7. Camila F.

    I adore lilbraries and book stores. Favorite places in the world. That β€˜Cat Fancy’ tote is so cute. Also love the ‘Lapin’ tote.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Camila – I’m like you, any place that is filled with books is a wonderful place to me! That’s why I have to constantly battle to keep my own personal book collection to a manageable level.

      The Cat Fancy tote is lovely isn’t it? I love the Lapin tote too (as you can tell I’m a tote and an animal lover, so the combination of both things is wonderful). πŸ™‚

  8. Gabrielle Bryden

    I’ve never met an animal I didn’t like (of the non-human variety) – I got annoyed at a bird once who pecked me on the head, but realised it was my fault for going under its nest πŸ˜‰ libraries are wonderful places but I really don’t like giving the books back – haha.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Me too! I think I’ve liked about 97% of all animals I’ve met. Those birds you mention can be cheeky things (I’ve had a few such Magpie encounters). My worst animal encounter would have to be with a Maltese terrier … those little dogs seem to have particularly sharp little teeth!

      I know what you mean about the trouble with libraries being that you have to give the books back … I have had many overdue fees accrue against my name for that very reason! πŸ™‚

  9. hila

    I wish there were such exciting things in my local library, as opposed to stacks of old romance novels and v.c. andrews books πŸ™‚
    and I’ve never met an animal I didn’t like. They’re the only thing that can make a crappy day good (besides coffee and ice cream, of course).

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hila – Haha, why does every library seem to specialise in romance novels and v.c. andrews books? I know before the Brisbane library moved to the current location, it was very much the same … thankfully it’s moved to a more modern building, and that change has been reflected in the book collection and activities held there.

      I agree with you about animals being able to make a crappy day good (they’re cheerful no matter what else is going on around them) … you know how passionate I am about coffee already, and yes … ice cream is a wonderful soother too! πŸ™‚

  10. Linda@Heartfire At Home

    I so hope you’re right about the printed word and libraries never becoming extinct Tracey. Sigh… I wouldn’t like it if I couldn’t get my hands on an actual book. Treasure.

    I LOVE the look of both these artists’ work. Will be checking them out. It’s fab to find out about Australian artists I haven’t seen before!

    I don’t think there’s been many animals I’ve met and haven’t liked…. maybe one or two dogs I’ve been wary of that looked and acted vicious whilst out walking… although I wouldn’t say I didn’t like them per se….. I was just wary of them. I’m pretty good with dogs. My mum always used to worry about me when I was little as I’d waltz up to any old dog, no matter how huge, and just start patting them. She couldn’t believe I never got bitten. I’m a bit more careful now, but still bite free!

    Linda. xox

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Linda – I’ve always loved reading books in printed form. I think there’s something about the physical interaction of eyes, hands and pages that makes the whole reading experience all the more special. So long as there are people to appreciate the magic of reading in such a way, I have no concern about print ever disappearing. The convenience of e-books have their appeal, but they just don’t offer that same ‘textural’ experience.

      I love discovering new Australian artists too – there are so many talented people in this amazing country of ours.

      There aren’t many animals that I haven’t liked, much like you it would just be a dog here or there … but you’re right – it’s not that I didn’t like them, just that whole ‘vibe’ was a bit off. Dogs are wonderful creatures, so I completely understand why you’d always be walking up to them as a child … no doubt, it’s how you developed your special bond with them! πŸ™‚

      Stay bite free my dear!

  11. Mel

    Do my children count as animals I’ve met and liked?

    My local library regulary has displays of work by local artists, photographers etc πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – Haha, I’m sure you can count your children as animals that you like! πŸ˜‰
      How wonderful that your library also holds different artistic displays too … I think that’s a wonderful way for them to support and be a part of the local community.

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