As the sunlit hours grow shorter, the appeal of curling up on the couch under a quilt with a good book and the a (dvd) fire roaring grows. This weekend, an overdue book led me on an adventure that satisfied all my bookworm needs.
I headed downtown for the first time in weeks to return Homer and Langley (a great book about humanity, hoarding, and brotherhood, based on a true story) to the Boston Public Library. The BPL is host to some great free events and interesting exhibits, so I dropped off my book and wandered around. And that’s when I saw it; a sign bearing two of the greatest words in the English language:
Eureka! I found my way to the basement of the McKim building where I landed in my own sort of paradise – a room full of library cast-offs and used books, all going for a buck or two (for hardcovers).
I found thrillers, travel books, an advance copy of a novel about what would happen if Jesus ran for President, stacks of identical books that were clearly book-club fodder once upon a time, and a collection of Dickens’ books that was missing all my favorites but was sitting next to a copy of “The Little Peppers and How They Grew,” which made me happy.
I ended up with an eclectic collection for a mere $7 – a Girl Scout Handbook from 1958 (Hey Mom, I can make a yarn doll with it!), a book about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary, “Other Statues of Boston” (which, to be honest, I purchased because I loved the extremely strict stickers on the front which decree that it is NOT TO BE TAKEN FROM THIS ROOM, but it’s actually really interesting,) a short self-exploration/ chick-lit novel, and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which I’ve always intended to read. It also falls into a class of book that I think should only be purchased used, a class that includes Atlas Shrugged (save your money…), and On the Road (this book deserves to travel before it lands on your shelf).
This amazing event happen every two months, on the first Saturday from 10-4 in the BPL Central Library’s McKim Building. The dates for 2011 have already been posted:
- February 5
- April 2
- June 4
- August 6
- October 1
- December 3
Look for me there – now that I know about this event, there’s no way I’m missing another one!
PS: If you’re a die-hard, you can even volunteer at the event by emailing CWFBPL@hotmail.com.