Readers of my blog might remember that once upon a time I had a “book business” which I called Janet’s Books. Janet’s Books appeared regularly at the Dublin City Book Fair. Then Janet’s Books relocated to Seattle. And now in recent months some of the stock has been distributed round to other 2nd hand booksellers in Seattle, either for cash or credit. Many books still remain – but the Seattle Public Library fund raising sale is coming up again in September and donations are welcome. So bags of books – the last of my Dublin inventory – are going out the door and handed over gratis to the local library. I wonder how many we’ll see again when we go to the big library sale in September. I’ll try hard not to buyback any of my previously owned books.
I had a nice reminder today of my local library of years ago in Belmont Mass. One of my high school friends found a picture of that local Benton Branch Library – it was at the corner of my street – the corner of Oakley Road and Old Middlesex Road. I used to go to that library almost every day. It was my local “hanging out” spot – and particularly after my mother started working there. It was a cosy little place. It used to be the chapel for the Benton family who had a big house and surrounding land.