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Great Gifts - I Love Libraries - Books Tiffany Lamps Stain Glass and More

Updated on April 16, 2012

I am blessed with many delights in my life but perhaps one of the greatest is my library. One wonderful item is I can walk to my library but better yet the Lake Geneva, Wisconsin library has a wonderful park and view of the magnificent Geneva Lake. The library park is enjoyed by thousands each summer as families picnic underneath the 100 year old oak and maple trees. Sadly, many of the families who journey to our lake miss the real treasure, one of the world's finest libraries.

I have always loved libraries but I have never been blessed to be able to walk to a library or a lake. Additionally, the Lake Geneva library is computer friendly. I can search from my home office for any subject and literally request to pick up a library book. How quick and convenient can that be?!

What I love best about the Lake Geneva municipal library is the selection. The volumes, the donations are literally boundless. I love strolling through, sitting for a spell to be mesmerized by the blue lake and then hunting for my reading treasurers.

To love deeply is a blessing. To have the treasures of learning available to us is the sign of an advanced society. Information is power. That is one reason why I love Hub Pages so much - there is no entrance fee other than diligence and hard work.

Journey with me as we review a wonderful book about the celebration of libraries, be inspired by the dozens of library quotes, review the Tiffany Library lamp and the Tiffany windows in the University of Alabama Library and the New York Library. Learn how The Fonz is writing inspirational books for children. Listen to the old theme song from Happy Days. Try not to shed a tear when Henry Winkler shares with you his personal story about the children book series. Shop for great gifts for library lovers and explore the many options of the stain glass inspirations from Louis C.Tiffany.

Grace Pullen Antique Sign on Amazon sold by Library Images
Grace Pullen Antique Sign on Amazon sold by Library Images

If you need a great gift for an associate or a friend who loves books, the book "Heart of the Community: The Libraries We Love" is outstanding. The photos, the stories, the many inspirational quotes will delight young and old alike. Explore many other gift options along the way, from the antique sign encouraging us to follow our hearts' desire to the many stained glass library lamps and even the wisteria stained glass lamps too. Many options from the very frugal gift to the extravagant - all are memorable to the lover of knowledge and history.

One of the opening quotes in this book that celebrates the libraries that we love is from Henry Winkler. Take a step back in time, remember the American television show called Happy Days? Henry Winkler was known as "The Fonz".

"The Fonz" went on to another chapter in his life and created a series of children's books. These books have great reviews out on Amazon. If you are searching for gifts for children and you wish to bestow with them your own fondness of reading, why not consider a book written by this American teenage idol?

"I read because life isn't enough, and in the pages of a book I can be anybody; I read because the words that build the story become mine, to build my life: I read not for happy endings but for new beginnings: I'm just beginning myself, and I wouldn't mind a map; I read because I have friends who don't, and young though they are, they're beginning to run out of material; I read because every journey begins at the library, and it's time for me to start packing; I read because one of these days I'm going to get out of this town, and I'm going to go everywhere and meet everybody, I want to be ready." Richard Peck

"When I was young, we couldn't afford much. But, my library card was my key to the world." John Goodman

"The richest person in the world - in fact, all the riches in the world - couldn't provide you with anything like the endless, incredible look available at your local library. You can measure the awareness, the breadth and the wisdom of a civilization, a nation, a people by the priority given to preserving these repositories of all that we are, all that we were, or will be." Malcolm Forbes

Old Books - Old Treasured Friends

Famous Quote on Book Lovers

"To read is to empower
To empower is to write
To write is to influence
To Influence is to change
To change is to live."
~ Jane Evershed ~

More than a Tea Party

It is, however, not to the museum, or the lecture-room, or the drawing-school, but to the library, that we must go for the completion of our humanity. It is books that bear from age to age the intellectual wealth of the world.
- Owen Meredith, from Inspirational Quotes About Libraries, Librarians and Book Collections

The only true equalisers in the world are books; the only treasure-house open to all comers is a library; the only wealth which will not decay is knowledge; the only jewel which you can carry beyond the grave is wisdom.
- J. A. Langford

Famous Quotes to Live By - Libraries and Books

"Read Your Hearts Out!"

Henry Winkler

Happy Days "The Fonz"

Your mind knows only some things. Your inner voice, your instinct, knows everything. If you listen to what you know instinctively, it will always lead you down the right path.
Henry Winkler

Producing came about because I never wanted to be in one of those books, Where Are They Now?

Henry Winkler

You see, I don't know how to ride a motorcycle, actually.

Henry Winkler

If you make compelling television, they will come.

Henry Winkler

A human being's first responsibility is to shake hands with himself.

Henry Winkler

That problem has been going on since men and women and their children moved from the plains and into caves. How many times have you heard Howard Cunningham talking to Marian about shopping? Too many.

Henry Winkler

I rode it once, which was up the driveway in the opening credits of the show. I didn't know how to stop it. I actually nearly killed the director of photography, and I smashed into the sound truck.

Henry Winkler

When Richie Cunningham drank too many beers, his parents sat him down and explained their concerns. If you live on this earth, you find out that we are all the same.

Henry Winkler

"You have greatness in you, you have to figure out your gift and give it to the world."

Henry Winkler Quote

Paris is for Book Lovers

Book Lovers

"Access to knowledge is the superb, the supreme act of truly great civilizations. Of all the institutions that purport to do this free libraries stand virtually alone in accomplishing this mission." Toni Morrison

"You do not really leave a library; if you do what it wants you to do, then you are taking it with you." Elie Wiesel

"There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office nor wealth receives the slightest consideration." Andrew Carnegie

"What can I say? Librarians rule!" Regis Philbin

"Book lovers will understand me, and they will know too, that part of the pleasure of a library lies in its very existence." Jan Morris

"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates' loot on Treasure Island...and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life." Walt Disney

"America's libraries are the fruits of a great democracy. They exists because we believe that memory and truth are important. They exist because we believe that information and knowledge are not the exclusive domain of a certain type or class of person but rather the province of all who seek to learn. A democratic society holds these institutions in high regard. " Robert Martin

"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested." Francis Bacon

"The best of my education has come form the public tuition fee is a bus fare and once in a while, five cents for an overdue book. You don't need to know very much to start with, if you know the way to the library." Lesley Conger

"I am excited about what's happening in my hometown and in libraries across the country. But I worry about whether our society will support public libraries so they can sustain this critical community service. In my view, investing in public libraries is an investment in the nations' future." Bill Gates

"Libraries are the real birthing places of the universe for me. I lived in my hometown library more than I did at home. I loved it at night, prowling the stacks on my fat panther feet." Ray Bradbury

"Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is chap compared to that of an ignorant nation." Walter Cronkite

"The closest we will ever come to an orderly universe is a good library." Ashleigh Brilliant

"The three most important documents a free society gives are a birth certificate, a passport, and a library card." E. L. Doctorow

"A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life." Henry Ward Beecher

"From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover that you have wings." Helen Hayes

"I'd be happy if I could think that the role of the library was sustained and even enhanced in the age of the computer." Bill Gates

"When I got my library card, that's when my life began." Rita Mae Brown

"Defend your local library as if your freedom depended upon it." John Jakes

"A great library contains the diary of the human race." George Mercer Dawson

"I had always imagined paradise as a kind of library." Joge Luis Berges

"Getting my library card was like citizenship; it was like American citizenship." Oprah Winfrey

"A democratic society depnds upon an informed and educated citizenry." Thomas Jefferson

"In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us how to swim." Linton Weeks

"Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home." Anna Quindlen

"If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries." John F. Kennedy

Tiffany Stained Glass in Alabama Library

Tiffany Memorial Window University of Alabama Cost $5,000 in 1925

The production of a Tiffany memorial window was labor intensive, requiring hundreds of hours of work and a high level of craftsmanship. For these reasons, large windows cost several thousand dollars, a hefty sum in 1925, when glass workers received three dollars a day and their supervisors were paid twenty-one dollars a week.

The University of Alabama window cost $5,000, but Tiffany studios gave the U.D.C. a $1,700 discount. Even with the discount, the organization found it necessary to pay off the sum in installments.

"In 1939 the Alabama window was removed from the old Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library on campus and installed in the present main library, which bears the same name. This year [1993], in a move partially funded by the U.D.C., the window will be relocated once again, this time to the new collections building on the east side of the University of Alabama campus, where it will grace the walls of the William Stanley Hoole Special Collections Library*.

*The window is in the lobby of the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library on the 2nd floor of Mary Harmon Bryant Hall, 500 Hackberry Lane, and is visible from the street below. Please visit the library to see the window in person. "

Tiffany Library Lamp

Amazon sold by Target/ITC
Amazon sold by Target/ITC

Tiffany Window at Chatham Public Library, New York

Tiffany Design Permeate Libraries - Lamps and Windows Too

Tiffany designs permeate libraries from works of art adorning the windows to the renown stained glass library lamp. The window in the Chatham Public Library, New York is featured in the book the Heart of the Communities: Libraries we Love. Below is an exceptional work of art that is now proudly displayed in the University of Alabama Library. The story of the price tag back in 1925 is a real eye opener. His innovative designs and glass creations live on with us today both in objects of art but also in lamps and library windows. Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois has an extensive collection of Tiffany windows on display courtesy of the generous donation of Richard Dryhaus who also donated the fountain at the Rivera in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Louis Comfort Tiffany Time Line of Accomplishments

Born February 18, 1848

(son of Charles Lewis Tiffany who founded the highly regarded jewelry retailer, Tiffany & Co.)

1878 founded Louis C. Tiffany & Co, designer of decorative art, produced picture frames, boxes for cigars, jewelry and "spun metal dishes."

1885 Worked with Thomas Edison to create the first electric illuminated theater - New York's Lyceum Theater.

1899 Tiffany Lamp Introduced created from fragments of glass now known as stained glass.

1902 Changed Company Name to Tiffany Studios

1913 Innovated "linen fold" glass for lamps, windows.

1913 Retired from Tiffany Studios

1933 January 17th, died at age 85

Tiffany Lamps

Tiffany Torchiere in My Home Next to My Desk

Next to my desk at home stands a Tiffany style torchiere lamp. It wasn't necessarily vary expensive at least for the enjoyment it brings. A torchiere is great library lamp next to the desk because it casts the option of either one, two or three lights upon my desk without taking up valuable space upon my desk.

Tiffany History and Exhibition

Tiffany Stained Glass Lamp

Louis C. Tiffany Garden Museum Collection Hardcover

"Louis Comfort Tiffany (February 18, 1848 – January 17, 1933) was an American artist and designer who worked in the decorative arts and is best known for his work in stained glass. He is the American artist most associated with the Art Nouveau[1] and Aesthetic movements. Tiffany was affiliated with a prestigious collaborative of designers known as the Associated Artists, which included Lockwood de Forest, Candace Wheeler, and Samuel Colman. Tiffany designed stained glass windows and lamps, glass mosaics, blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, enamels and metalwork.[2]"

"The only Tiffany windows outside of the United States are in the American Church in Paris on the Quai d'Orsay. They are classified as National Monuments by the French government and were commissioned by Rodman Wanamaker in 1901 for the original American Church building on the right bank of the Seine."

Great Gift Ideas

Great gifts ideas from history,  from art, from libraries and even several children book choices from The Fonz from Happy Days. Whatever passion, whatever the love, celebrate the joy with a memorable gift that will be remember long after the holiday celebration.  Instill a meaning to the memento and you will make a lasting impression.  Remember:

"All That We Love Deeply, Becomes A Part of Us"

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In Appreciation

Heart of the Community: The Libraries We Love edited by Karen Christensen and David Levinson with Leslie Burger, Nancy Kranich, Kathleen de la Pena McCook, Tom Phelps, Sally Reed, and others. Berkshire Publishing Group 2007

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      I want this lamp too! What a glorious source of light. Love reading and love the stain glass lighting. I am told Henry Winkler's books are fabulous! Wish I had those to read when I was little.

      Thank you very much for your loyalty my friend - very much appreciated.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      @ethel smith,

      Thank you very much for stopping by. Donkey years - is that longer than dog years? Great outlook and word choice. :)

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Stain Glass is always beautiful. Thanks for share with us. I hope I have this lamp. Good work, my friend. ~prasetio

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Love Tiffany glass. You have reminded me that I have not been to the library for donkeys years. I do read though :)

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      This one was fun to put together - it grew just out of one book. I hope it reads as much fun as it was to put together. Now I really love my stained glass lamp. Thank you your kind remarks. I greatly appreciate it.


      Only you would make me smile - a flashlight - you are right but IF you go to the library and not buy books - look at the savings. Love your comments and appreciate you stopping by.

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      lmmartin 7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      I'm not sure which I love more, books or Tiffany lamps -- books. I can always use a flashlight. Thanks. Lynda

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      Ladybird33 7 years ago from Fabulous USA

      This is WONDERFUL! Your creativity with this hubs is fantastic and I love it. I have to book mark it. Thanks for sharing, really a great job!