Nuggets from Providence

Something wonderful arrived in my mail last week. Richard Ring, special collections librarian at the Providence Public Library sent a sampling of Occasional Nuggets from the Rare & Special Collections of the Providence Public Library. Each issue highlights something wonderful from the collection -- from the Uncle Tom's Cabin collection to the manuscript pattern-book of a ship figurehead carver. Ring, a past (and hopefully future) contributor to Fine Books has been writing a blog called Notes for Bibliophiles, but he wrote to me, "I wanted something more tangible, being a book person, so I started this 'paper blog.'"

The beautifully designed quarterly, with its covers printed letterpress by the local AS220 Community Print shop, is produced in an edition of 200, nearly half of which are already spoken for by subscribers. According to Rick's blog, a subscription can be had for the bargain price of $15. Pictured here is Issue #1, Spring 2010.

As some of you may already know, Rick has taken a new professional position. As of August 1, he will be the head curator & librarian of the Watkinson Library at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. However, he will still be available at PPL once a week until a new librarian is named.