Walt Whitman at the Phillips Library

PortraitRecently, when I was searching the shelves for the latest reading room display of Summer Reading Books, I discovered several volumes of Walt Whitman poetry.  Two of the original owners of our books on Whitman lived in the late 1800s.  A side-by-side comparison of these owners’ copies shows that they had vastly different experiences with Whitman’s poems.  The first reader physically removed dozens of pages from his own book, and the second went out of her way to republish and promote the poet’s work. Read more

Summer Reading List

"Moby Dick" by Herman Melville, 1895

It’s finally starting to feel like summer here in the northeast.  Schools are out and students around the country are (eagerly!) picking up their summer reading books from their local libraries.  This yearly ritual inspired me to pick out a few books from our shelves for a new Summer Reading List display in our reading room. Read more

The Duty of Owning Books

 

Library is a LuxuryThree books written by Alberto Manguel are included in my personal library, The Library at Night, A History of Reading, and A Reader on Reading.  I refer to these texts on a regular basis, pulling them out to read at night during which I realize that being a librarian is who I am, not only what I do professionally.  Books are a passion for me, a place of refuge, leaning, laughter, and awe.  They seduce me by their titles, the feel of them in my hands, and the promise of hours of pleasure or challenge.

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