Caledon Library Meeting Room, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Designing Worlds explores the Libraries of Caledon and discusses the role of virtual world libraries – on the web!

Our fascinating show looking at the role of libraries in Caledon and in the wider world of Second Life is now on the web!

DW385 – Second Life Libraries on Vimeo.

In the show, we explore with Sir JJ Drinkwater some of the Caledon libraries, such as the Jack and Elaine Whitehorn Memorial Library and the HG Wells Memorial Library, as well as the Gertrude Jekyll Gardening Collection and the Steampunk Collection. We learn of the extensive renovation the Whitehorn is currently undergoing, and the reasons behind it.

Jack and Elaine Whitehorn Memorial Library (under refurbishment), Caledon Victoria City
Jack and Elaine Whitehorn Memorial Library (under refurbishment), Caledon Victoria City

We also hold a detailed discussion with a group of librarians and people interested in and supportive of the work of libraries from all over Second Life – including Sir JJ and Sere Timeless (Owner of the SL Regions of Rocca Sorrentina and the Bay of Naples), Valibrarian Gregg, Director of Community Virtual Library, Kghia Gherardi, Library Patron & Volunteer, and Beth Ghostraven, owner of the Book and Tankard Pub in Caledon Victoria and enthusiastic library supporter. Together they discuss the work of the libraries and how the concept of a library adapts itself to the possibilities and challenges of a virtual world.

Gertrude Jekyll Gardening Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Gertrude Jekyll Gardening Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And our wonderful photographer, Wildstar Beaumont, gives us a glimpse of some of the many libraries available in Second Life.

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If you would like to visit the Libraries of Caledon, here is a list:
The Jack and Elaine Whitehorn Memorial Library, Caledon Victoria City

The Caledon Library Reading Room in Caledon VIctoria City

The Vannevar Bush Reading Garden, Caledon prime. Iinter-Library Loan Catapult, & a book of verses beneath a shady bough

The Marie Curie Memorial Branch Library: Science, Technolgy, Poetry, and the precursor literatures of the Steampunk genre

Marie Curie Library in Caledon Mayfair, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Marie Curie Library in Caledon Mayfair, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

HG Wells Memorial Branch Library, Caledon Wellsian. “The Art of Going” Real and Imaginary voyages

Tinyville Library, Tinyville, Caledon Tanglewood: 19th century Children’s literature and Literature of the Fantastic

Caledon Welcome Centre, sponsored by the Caledon Library

Steampunk and Airships Dirigible: Steampunk Reference collection, Proto-Steampunk FIction from the 19th c; 19th & early 20th c books on Airships

Caledon Steampunk Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Caledon Steampunk Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Gertrude Jekyll Gardening Collection

Caledon Library at Oxbridge: Caledon Materials, Oxbridge Materials, Public School Novels.

Caledon Library Meeting Room

The H. P. Blavatsky Spiritualism Collection, Caledon Speirling

What happens in Special Collections *stays* in Special Collections

The Caledon Library is a Branch of the Alexandrian Free Library and is supported by the House of Wu and the Caledon Library Benefactors group.

H. P. Blavatsky Spiritualism Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
H. P. Blavatsky Spiritualism Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Other Second Life Libraries you might like to visit:
Community Virtual Library, Cookie
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cookie/54/117/21
Website: https://communityvirtuallibrary.org/

Virtual Ability Libraries
On Healthinfo Island, there is the Consumer Health Library. This library has disability, mental health, senior health, medication, and addiction resources. Actually, the entire island is a library of information. There are eight exhibits that are updated monthly with relevant health information. They also have a Path of Support with information from over 100 health peer support groups in SL. The Research Pavilion hosts health research presentations and shares information on studies that are recruiting subjects. Healthinfo Island also houses a Health & Wellness Center, an Herb Garden, a Farmer’s Market and a quiet reading room. You can find it here:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/128/128/24

In addition there is a library on Cape Serenity that features works by authors with disabilities. Next to the library is a lovely poetry garden. You can find it here:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cape%20Serenity/88/123/22

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Rosehaven Library, in Rosehaven Castle (formerly Winterfell)

Seanchai Library

Seanchai Library, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Seanchai Library, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

R.F. Burton Library, New Babbage

Accademia di Rocca Sorrentina

The Philomena Public Library

Accademia di Rocca Sorrentina, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Accademia di Rocca Sorrentina, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Nuba Archives
TV rec-room in the Gym – Nuba Archives

Trilby’s Moors Mausoleum Library

Chilbo Community Library

Chilbo Community Library, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Chilbo Community Library, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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