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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Acquired in basements dark, stored in attics on high - where do you stockpile your unread books?
Top, the New Rochelle Public Library was built into a vacant parking structure. New artwork graces the building’s exterior. Bottom, only Friends of the New Rochelle Library can shop for books in the enormous basement.
I stubbed my toe on the corner of a box of books in my bedroom. You see, I was tired of the pile of "to-reads" falling over under my reading lamp and onto the floor bedside, so I shoved them neatly into a box and moved the box to the foot of the bed.
Next to another box of books.
I imagine this is how hoarders begin that slippery road to creating pathways between towering masses of, well, stuff.
Does anyone else find it hard to pass up interesting books marked at 25 cents? Those with great cover art or by a familiar author? Does anyone else feel sorry for the books on beekeeping or etiquette or famous quotations priced at 10 cents - one thin dime? Who can't spare a dime? Because, if no one saves them, they go straight into the Lions Club recycling bin.
These particular toe-stoppers aren't the only boxes of books at my residence. I warn the grandnieces and nephews not to step foot in the garage - it is a very dangerous place in which they may not come back alive. They don't know about the attic.
I've been aware of this extensive and prolonged malady for quite some time. So why then, on my recent trip to New York, did I agree to accompany my cousin Nina to the basement of the New Rochelle Public Library, open only to Friends of the Library? And why did I fill my arms with used books when my carry-on bag was full?
It's because the illustrations in the large hardback edition of The Secret Garden were so beautiful. The black-and-white photos of Helen Keller sitting on a rock with Alexander Graham Bell surprised me. Someone obviously had treasured the tattered and well-used Book of Psalms in English and Hebrew.
I do have some self-control, though, and did not bring the entire lot back to Arizona.
Speaking of discipline, willpower and restraint, what's on your list of New Year's Resolutions? Mine has to do with boxes of - ouch!