mimio’s library

[Today we feature an open letter from my friend and colleague, Dr Mayako Murai. While Paradoxes by no means wishes to discourage you from donating to your own favourite charities, the uniqueness of this endeavour and the ideas behind it made it seem worth highlighting.]

Dear all,

I would like to draw your attention to the picture book library project for the earthquake and tsunami sufferers in north-eastern Japan.  The ‘Mimio Library’ project has been initiated by the artist Tomoko Konoike, who believes that the imaginative power of picture books will in the long term help the people who lost what was most precious to them to rebuild their own inner strength. (Konoike’s artwork appears on the cover of the forthcoming collection of essays Postmodern Reinterpretations of Fairy Tales [Edwin Mellon, 2011], edited by Anna Kerchy.)

This mobile library project asks donors to personalise their gift by briefly describing in writing their special attachment to it on a donation sheet which will be pasted inside the cover of the book. The aim is to construct a story-sharing network by collecting and circulating picture books with individual life stories attached to them.

For more information, please visit the following link where you can also download the donation sheet:


I would appreciate it if you could also pass on this information to those who may want to support this project.  If you have any questions, please do feel free to contact me directly.

Thank you very much in advance.

With best wishes,

Mayako Murai
Associate Professor
English Department
Kanagawa University, Japan

NB: Please send any enquiries for Dr Murai to: mr pond 47 [at] hotmail [dot] com.