Friday, February 22, 2019

Libraries I Have Visited in Retirement

Over the past 14 months I have visited the following libraries:

  • Queens Library - Mitchell-Linden Branch - This is the one closest to home.  During the winter months, I have used it as a reading room as it is too cold to sit outside with my magazines and books.  It has a very small collection, but I have often searched the system's catalog and ordered books from other branches to be delivered there.
  • Queens Library - Flushing Branch - I have attended several concerts there and a meeting of the Riders Alliance
  • Queens Library - Glen Oaks Branch -  I attended a talk there about Louis Armstrong.
  • New York Public Library - Schwartzman Building at 5th Avenue and 42nd Street.  I have read several baseball books that are only available there.
  • New York Public Library - Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center.  I have read several books about oldies, Dylan and the Beatles there.
I have not visited any academic libraries since I retired.  Years ago I would visit the Queens College library that just asked for a photo ID from non-affiliates.  I supposed in this post 9/11 era the security there is stricter and a referral is required for admission.  I know the other CUNY libraries will not just let anyone in.  The libraries in New Jersey allow anyone in.

I have not visited the library where I worked for 25 years, though I have had dreams about coming back.  I must move on and let go and not dwell on the past.  The people over there just won't answer my friendly e-mail, so their message is quite clear.

1 comment:

Stephen Francoeur said...

Come visit me at Baruch whenever you want!

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