A blog for young readers (and YA lovers) from the Providence Athenaeum.

The Providence Athenaeum is a unique library and cultural center in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island. Growing out of the Providence Library Company (fourth library in the United States), the Athenaeum as we know it was formed in 1836. Our handsome building on the corner of Benefit and College was completed in 1838.

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Five innovative reading chairs:

  • The Bibliochaise, a stylish, blocky chair that has 5 meters (about 16.4 feet) of shelf space.
  • The Bookinist, a cart-shaped portable chair with built-in shelves, a lamp, and a secret compartment for bookmarks, reading glasses and more.
  • The Bookworm, a swooping wrap-around shelf and chair that’s also a work of art.
  • The Dondola, a stainless steel rocking chair that allows you to adjust its angle by moving your books from one shelf to another.
  • The Cocoon 1, a cozy clear sphere with customizable cushions - great for avoiding the elements while reading outdoors.

Which one do you think is the ultimate in reader relaxation?

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  3. scriptoriana said: I’m very worried about the young lady in the bubble. Is she really hot? Does she have enough air? Can she roll in it like a gerbil (awesome)?
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    I must admit I want the giant hamster ball.
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    Oh man, I want that last one! The others are pretty cool too (I’m a sucker for anything with a bookshelf built in!), but...
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