Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Milton H. Latter Memorial Library: A bibliophile's refuge
You see, I love books. I love getting lost in a great story, love the feel of the pages in my hand, love the musty smell of a well-read tome. Friends keep telling me these days about the wonders of owning a Kindle and though I can see the appeal, I just can't bring myself to walk away from my beloved, burdensome, bulky, beautiful books. As geeky or lame as it may sound, books have been dear friends to me almost all of my life, from the day I could pick one up and read for myself, I have been enraptured by books. They have been there for me when "real friends" have faded away. Believe it or not, books have helped me weather some of the most difficult times in my life.
Milton H. Latter Memorial Library.
In the next several weeks, I spent a good part of every day at the library. I used the computers upstairs to check my email, re-crafted my resume and sent it out to potential employers. I browsed the library's modest collection of fiction and local authors, checked out several books that were returned in only a few short days after devouring them in the seemingly endless evening hours while rain poured from the sky during that muggy, wet June.
When the movers finally arrived, I took a break from the library to get my apartment on Harmony Street in order, but I still found time at least once a week to return the books I had read and check out new ones. These days, I don't get to the library very often anymore, but I can't help but smile when I drive past it on St. Charles Avenue. I will never forget how that wonderful refuge got me through those first weeks in a strange, new town.
I do, however, try to make it for the weekly book sales put on by the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library that take place behind the library in the carriage house every Wednesday and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. In fact, just this past Saturday, I went to the book sale and purchased 17 different titles, ranging from trade paper to hard cover and all in good condition, for a grand total of $18! In fact, I am planning on returning for the 5th anniversary of the FNOPL's weekly book sale happening Saturday, March 19th and Wednesday, March 23rd when everything will be an additional 50% off!
Does anyone have a wagon I can borrow?
Written by Kim Ranjbar