Public payphone

At the Brooklyn public library’s mysterious 3rd floor

Free Books

Why not?

Cozy mysteries!

Rated G mystery novels based around comfort food, pets, baking, and gardening! Who knew?!

No Gym, but a Condo Library

This library is located down from the main lobby. Finally a building that has its priorities straight.

Old, and then Some

From upstate New York, from Cooperstown, this one-room schoolhouse with a library of  books. So cool.

old books

A closer look shows that the titles include both School District Library, School Library, and random other publishers.

Sample list of titles

  • History of Philosophy (vol 1, no 174)
  • History of insects (vol 2, no 7)
  • Ancient and Modern Egypt (no 34)
  • James’s Chivalry and the Crusades (no 26)
  • Barrow’s Life of Peter the Great (no 35)
  • Russells’ Life 0f Cromwell (vol 1, no 56)

Can you decipher other titles?

Classroom Library

I am starting a new feature about classroom libraries. This is the premier posting.

I think my favorite genre is Young Adult fiction. Which of these titles, if any, have you read?


Library, part III

When I was a kid, library books had holders in the inside back cover. When you went to borrow the book, the librarian would date-stamp a slip of paper with the date the book was due, and then put that paper in the holder. With the advent of computers and barcode scanners, this is outdated technology. The same goes for card catalogs, those huge file cabinets with drawers filled with cards with information about books. Believe me, it took real skill to navigate the card catalog to find the book you were looking for. With the advent of searchable computer databases, card catalogs no longer exist.

So why is it that new library books still have them? Weird!








Library, part II

Consider Mr. Melville Dewey, founder of the Dewey Decimal book classification system. He has had an affect on every single library user around the world who walked thorugh the stacks searching for a book. His goal was nothing less than to take the sum total of written academic language and categorize, classify, and prioritize it all.

I am fascinated about what he boosted, what he marginalized, and what he ignored entirely.



Library, part I

I visited a school with a library (which is the exception, not the rule…the library, that is, not my visitation. I peruse school libraries if I see them). In the bookcase closest to the door was this collection of Chicken Soup for the… books. Maybe there was a sale by the publisher?

June 2023