asher63 (asher63) wrote,

Of Yankee-land and Libraries

I'm back in my native state of Connecticut for my high school reunion this weekend. I arrived a few days early to give myself time to decompress and get reacquainted with the area.

The reunion is in my old hometown of South Windsor; I'm staying at a hotel in Manchester, just across the town line from SW. Yesterday I took the rental car out for a drive down Pleasant Valley Road, all the way west to Main Street, and stumbled upon one of the town landmarks I remember from childhood: the beautiful Wood Memorial Library.

It's now officially billed as the "Wood Memorial Library and Museum". It's not the town's main library, but it has wonderful atmosphere and history.

I got to go in today when it was open and was delighted to find a preschool storytime group seated in the children's section in front. The kids left in about an hour and I hung around for another hour or so, perusing the adult fiction (in back, up the stairs in the mezzanine) and nonfiction (down the stairs in back) and the gallery and discarded book section in the basement. Oh, and I sat in the bird room for a while, too.

I chatted with the librarian for a bit and swapped memories of school days. It was strange and wonderful talking about my old schoolteachers. So, already this visit has brought back some great memories.

I'd feared the Wood would have either closed down as a library, or else would have been gutted and "modernized". But no, it's still a fully operational lending library (albeit open only two or three days a week) - and it's a REAL LIBRARY! I mean, they check out books with a stamp, not scanners and barcodes. And the card catalog is on real cards.

PS - Apologies for the huge image size if you have a slow connection.
Tags: travel, yankeeland

  • Genesis 13: Seeing the land.

    GENESIS 13: SEEING THE LAND. Abram and Lot ascend from Egypt, returning to the southern part of the Land of Israel, the Negev. Strife breaks out…

  • Genesis 12: Go forth.

    GENESIS 12: GO FORTH. The third section in the traditional annual cycle of Torah readings begins here, with G-d's summons to Avram. The early…

  • Genesis 11: From Noah to Abram.

    GENESIS 11: FROM NOAH TO ABRAM The early history of man closes with a list of the generations after Noah (or more precisely, the descendants of…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 1 comment