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Card Catalog: 30 Notecards from the Library of Congress
Card Catalog: 30 Notecards from the Library of Congress | Chronicle Books
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Evoking memories of book-filled libraries, this handy notecard set reproduces the original cards used to keep track of literary classics. Enclosed in a keepsake replica card catalog box with tabbed dividers, each card features a different beloved work of literature straight from the storied collection of the Library of Congress.
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Found this beauty at the Junkstock today. Any suggestions of how I should use it in my library?

HotCocoaReads Lucky!!! Can you store bookmarks or something in it? 9mo
tpixie Love it! I wish I could think of something creastive for you!
wanderinglynn I would totally make my own card catalog of my books. With a checkout stamp & all. 9mo
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LibrarianJen You could store bookmarks, note cards, notebooks if they fit, pens, spare keys, etc. You could use it to hold jewelry, nail polish, essential oils, etc. 9mo
Readingismyescape Love this!! 😍 9mo
LibrarianRyan I have 2 large ones. I use them to store small things like paint ribbons book marks etc. 9mo
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I grew up using these.

Literary_Siren Me too. I‘m kinda sad that everything is computerized now. 12mo
Gina @Literary_Siren I remember opening a drawer and the smell of ceader and paper wafting up.♡♡♡ 12mo
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Look at these cute notecards I found at Target today!

Tamra Now that‘s adorable! 1y
Thousand-Lives 😍😍😍 1y
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It needs a little TLC, but it's MINE!! Librarian dream come true!! 😭🤓💕#OldSchool #CardCatalog #LitsyLovesLibraries #HomeLibrary

sunshine_librarian Oh man, I'm so jealous!!! 1y
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Currently on Craigslist. Having one of these would be cool; however maybe not for over a thousand dollars.

DivineDiana Make an offer? 1y
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Forgot I had this on my Kindle. Haven‘t had time to look at it yet. @Leftcoastzen

Leftcoastzen ❤️😁 2y
Aloisi_tribe I just ordered notecards from amazon that look like card catalog cards. They even come in a box that looks like a card catalog drawer. 2y
Kaye Isn‘t that neat ? I haven‘t seen those. @Aloisi_tribe 2y
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Kdgordon88 They are pretty cool, I bought them last week. 2y
LMJenkins I would love to see those. Does anyone have a link or title? 2y
LMJenkins Thank you @Kaye 2y
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So excited to flip through these pages.

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This is what the note cards in my library catalog look like. Nice and simple, just the title and author. ☺


CareBear Thanks! I love this idea, I may copy it! 2y
smilingshelves @CareBear Go for it! I had so much fun with this project! 😁 2y
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And this is what I did with those 979 note cards. The card catalog was a Christmas present from my in-laws a couple of years ago, and now I'm finally using it! The left column is my fiction books, read in the top drawer and unread in the bottom. The right column is nonfiction, read and unread. I'm looking forward to emptying those bottom drawers into the top ones as I read all the books!

LiteraryinLititz This is a great idea! 2y
AmyG That‘s awesome. 2y
CareBear Can you show us what the notecard looks like? 2y
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smilingshelves @LiteraryinLititz @AmyG Thank you! I had a lot of fun with this project. ☺ 2y
smilingshelves @CareBear I just posted a picture. ☺ 2y
Sarah83 Looks great 😍 2y
BucklingBookshelves WOW that‘s a huge project! I‘m not sure I‘d have the patience for it, but it came out great! I have a hard enough time keeping my digital cataloging up to date — though analog has a definite appeal! 2y
smilingshelves @Sarah83 Thanks! 😊 2y
smilingshelves @Bucklingbkshelf My little guy only let me get through about three shelves a day, so it took a while. Now the trick is to not let him know that those drawers open, or all my hard work will be scattered everywhere! 😄 2y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves good luck — I can picture that all too well! 2y
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I've been working on cataloging all the books I own for the past couple of weeks. It resulted in a giant spreadsheet that my husband helped me print out on note cards this weekend. Turns out I have a total of 979 books (after a huge purge), and I've only read 47% of them. I'll have to work on getting that number higher!

laurenbescoby I think I need to do this with my partner! I have no clear idea of exactly how many books I have left to read on my shelves 😕 2y
smilingshelves @miralunasbooknook I was really curious to see how my numbers came out. I had fewer books than I thought I did, but I thought the percentage read was higher. That just means I need to read more books, right? 😉 2y
laurenbescoby @smilingshelves nothing wrong with more reading, and well, if you thought you had more best make up those numbers 😂😉 2y
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BucklingBookshelves I can pretty much guarantee my read percentage is lower than that! I have a way easier time passing on, donating, etc books I‘ve read and i tend to keep more unread books. Though the better I get at picking books and the more children‘s and “classic” type stuff I read, the more books have been sticking around! (edited) 2y
smilingshelves @Bucklingbkshelf Passing on the read ones and keeping the unread ones certainly seems like the smart way to do it! I have such a hard time giving up books, even when I know I should. And hey, the more books around, the more our kids will grow up reading, right? 😁 2y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves that‘s the hope! I can definitely see a shift in how I keep/give away when it comes to children‘s and middle grade — more toward the keep side of things! Not only do I want to keep books for my son but I‘m getting my family in on the MG love — lent my mom the Vanderbeekers and then my aunt read it and passed it to my grandma! I love when books get passed around like that — makes the investment seem more worthwhile & less crazy 😊 2y
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How awesome is this?! I ordered this from New York Review online shop. A miniature card catalog, made of sturdy cardboard, with cards that can also be used as note cards! I can think of a billion uses for this! I love it.

Kaye How cool 😎 2y
TricksyTails 😍♥️😍♥️😍♥️ 2y
Sarah83 So gorgeous 😍😍😍 2y
LeahBergen I‘ve been coveting this 😍😍 2y
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It's officially home! My neighbor and his son in law moved it in like it was nothing, super impressive to Mom and I. Chico approves too, if for no other reason than he can easily reach the prayer flags now. 🤷🏻‍♀️

I'll post another pic after it's all cleaned up and styled (fun!) but for now I'm just so happy to have it here! ❤️

PenguinInFlight Cool!!! 2y
saresmoore SO FUN! 2y
diovival Yay! 2y
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Megabooks 😎😎😎😎 2y
MicheleinPhilly 😍😍😍😍😍 2y
rubyslippersreads So cool! 😍 2y
Libby1 ❤️Chico and his Mommy have great taste!❤️ 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That's wonderful! So cool, I love it! And awesome neighbors!!!! 2y
BethwithBooks Congrats that's fantastic!!! 2y
Laura317 That is a gorgeous piece! I can't wait to see what you do. 2y
Leelee.reads Oh wow! Love it!!! 😍 2y
LeahBergen Yay!! I'm so excited for you! ❤️❤️ 2y
Suet624 Yippee!!! 2y
readordierachel Looks great! 2y
Tanzy13 🐱 2y
batsy Yay!! 2y
Izai.Amorim Nice! 2y
EvieBee Wow! How adorable! 2y
Jess_Read_This It's so gorgeous!!! What a beautiful piece. 2y
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This one's still not in the Litsy database, but I've been sitting on this book for quite a while now -- one that I received thru LibraryThing & finally just now getting a chance to browse through thoroughly. More like a coffee table book, but it's definitely got some eye candy for book lovers. 📚👁🍭

ErinC That Whitman card. 😍😍😍 2y
CatLass007 My Dad bought three old card catalogs at auction a few years ago. The metal one he used in his workshop and kept workshop-y stuff in. It resides in my brother's workshop now that my Dad is dead. My brother also received a wooden one with legs, refinished in a lovely dark cherry. Not sure what he keeps in it. I received one without legs, refinished in beautiful walnut. It now sits empty atop my chest of drawers in my room. 2y
CatLass007 ...I thought of keeping crochet thread in it but the spools are too big. Any suggestions on what I might keep in there? It's so nostalgic I hate for it to just sit there unused. 2y
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Coleen @CatLass007 Ah, lucky you! And what a find for your dad! I would love to have a card catalog of my own (though they're hard to find and very expensive), but like you, when it came down to it, I'm not sure what I'd put in there. (Maybe a catalog of my own books - ha!). I've seen ideas for it somewhere (maybe Bookriot, or possibly Pinterest?) (edited) 2y
CatLass007 @Coleen He found them a few years ago and got them for a song. He was very good at finding bargains. He didn't even know what it was for, though. What is Bookriot? 2y
Coleen @CatLass007 Bookriot is a blog, I guess you'd say. You can sign up for their newsletters, follow on Facebook, etc. Lots of good stuff there, and several of their writers/contributors are active here as well. 2y
CatLass007 @Coleen Thank you!! 2y
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My card catalog will supposedly be in this space as of Sunday afternoon. I already used up those 4 bins on the right and there are still books on the shelves. 😳 Had better get a move on!

Also my body decided one week of no insomnia was enough, so here I am at 3 AM. My alarm goes off in 3 hours and I have to work this morning. 🤞🏻Hoping I can get a few hours sleep!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I've been awake since 2 😫😩😫😩 2y
Suet624 3 am is the worst. Do you know about Golden Milk? That's been helping me get through the night recently. If you're interested, I buy a special form of turmeric and would be happy to send a bag of it to you. 2y
MicheleinPhilly 😔But YAY! for your card catalog! 2y
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BookishTrish I can't wait to see!!! #insomniacsunite 2y
Coleen You're getting a card catalog?! Ah.....so jealous! Waiting for that next pic! 😊 2y
LeahBergen I see your British Library Crime Classics! 👏🏻 2y
LauraBrook @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Booooo! I see you finally got to sleep at 4, which is a relief! Fingers crossed both of us have a good night tonight. 2y
LauraBrook @suet624 Thank you for reminding me about Golden Milk! I haven't made it yet, but a friend swears by it. When do you take it before bed - 1 hour? 2 hours? 2y
LauraBrook @MicheleinPhilly I know - and YAY! I hope it fits in the spot! 🤞🏼 2y
LauraBrook @BookishTrish I'm excited to finally get it in the house! Sorry you were an insomniac victim last night too - what the heck is going on with us?!? 2y
Suet624 30 minutes. Be sure to add pepper to the paste that you make. Turmeric needs pepper or oil to activate the goodness. Once you make the paste just put a teaspoon or more into whatever kind of heated "milk" you use. 2y
LauraBrook @Coleen I finally found one in good shape and semi-affordable, after looking for decades! 2y
LauraBrook @LeahBergen Hah, I knew you'd spot those! Those are the 16 TBRs, and I've only read 1. That's about the same ratio for my whole library, actually. 😳🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
LauraBrook @Suet624 Thank you! I need to get started in the kitchen so the paste can cool enough for tonight! 2y
Suet624 Hope it works for you... 💕 2y
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I took my parents to the library at lunch. My dad got his very own card, but my mum asked me to borrow a couple of books for her on mine. Oh, Mumsie.

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Paper Source has a deal on custom embossers! I've had a couple of people ask about it here on etsy, I got one as a gift a long time ago. Fantastic bookish gift 💖

Captivatedbybooks Sooooo you know what i will be spending some of my paycheck on tomorrow 😂😂😂👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽 2y
Captivatedbybooks I deleted i think their email too like a jackass 2y
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It arrived! The Book Riot for Book Lovers prize box from Chronicle Books came today. The book looks really interesting and I love the reader's journal 💙. The notecards will be great for future book swaps. 📚

readordierachel Very cool! 2y
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[This is not really the book. The book is "The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures" by Library of Congress and Carla Hayden] Now reading about the French Cataloging Code of 1791 created on playing cards!

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Please enjoy my latest on @bookriot in which I catalog all the ways you can use a card catalog in your space. http://bookriot.com/2017/07/10/need-library-card-catalog/

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Woohoo! I'm really excited. This is the first non-Litsy giveaway I've won. 🤓

LeahBergen Oh, lucky!!!! I entered this one (and want that Card Catalog book!). 😍 3y
coffeenebula Congrats!🎊🎉🍾 3y
monkeygirlsmama Dude, thats awesome. 3y
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One of my big work projects has included going into local school libraries to help them update their collections. I spent today in my old elementary school and couldn't resist rescuing a few cards with my fourth grade signature as we weeded!

LeahBergen Awww!! I love it! 3y
JoeStalksBeck Awesome! 3y
LauraBrook That is so awesome! Wish I could do the same thing at my old grade school library! 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess Fabulous!💕👍🏻 3y
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I wasn't super interested in reading the history of the card catalog but it was lovely to page through. A pretty book for library lovers.

(Not correctly tagged but this newer card catalog book isn't in the Litsy database yet.)

Leo1733 I love my card catalog, it's beautiful! 3y
MarriedtoMrT @Leo1733 I wish I had one! 3y
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Suzze That Card Catalog book looks so cool. 3y
BethM Right @Suzze ?! 3y
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Couldn't find a listing in the Litsy database for this beauty that arrived on my doorstep today. I'll be off petting it for the remainder of the evening. 😉

LeahBergen I NEED this!!! 3y
BethM Post some pics! It looks beautiful!!!! 3y
BethM I need this too! 3y
AEBowenPhD I want to read this so much! 3y
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Every now and then we need to treat ourselves. #librariansoflitsy #carcatalognerd

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Isn't this a beauty? It's at the Buffalo and Erie County Central Branch. And it's empty. I don't miss filing cards in my own library (or worse, un-filing them) but I do miss the furniture. #librariansoflitsy

Megabooks 😎💖📚 3y
Megabooks So many memories! 3y
LeslieO @Ebooksandcooks Did you check out the book I blurbed? It's adorable. It's a keepsake replica card catalog box with cards from the LofC! 3y
Megabooks @LeslieO That is so cool! 3y
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#riotgrams #libraries I never thought I'd visit the Library of Congress. This Summer, my dream not only came true but I also got a Patron's pass!

TrishB Lovely 😀💓 3y
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Here's a little nostalgia to end the day...

jpmcwisemorgan I love card catalogs. I miss them. I wouldn't mind someday having one of the old ones. 3y
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This was a birthday gift from my husband last year. He found the card catalogue on eBay and had a welder make the stand.

But here's the secret...the drawers store wine bottles perfectly! 🍷🍷🍷

#BookishGifts #SeasonsReadings2016

vivastory Too cool. Very inventive. 3y
LeahBergen Love it! 3y
DivineDiana So sweet of him! He gets you! 📚 3y
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melbeautyandbooks That's awesome! 👏🏻 3y
Lakesidemusing Wow! Gorgeous 😍😍😍 3y
Cinfhen That's gorgeous and practical! Love it 😍 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Love this! 💗 3y
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I can't even begin to describe how much I loved these! I loved everything on the box, @Matchkim !

Soubhiville Cute!!! 3y
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First female and first African-American Librarian of Congress confirmed by Congress.

Megabooks 👍🏾👍🏾 4y
Zelma And the first professional librarian in a very long time! So excited about this appointment. 4y
Chelleo This makes me so happy to be a librarian!!! 4y
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SusanInTiburon Wonderful news! (And the cards in that collection make great bookmarks!) 4y
AccessorizedLibrarian This makes me so happy!😀😀😀 4y
BookishFeminist This news made me so happy!! 😊😊 4y
Carol We in the library world have been partying since the confirmation. 📚📚📚📚📚 4y
Catchmeintheairica Warms my heart!! 4y
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