There’s something magical about opening a book from the library and seeing the card punched with a few dates. They have an electronic system so there’s no need to do that anymore, and the newer books don’t even have that ancient card. Still, at least 3 people picked out and, presumably, read this particular copy of Edmund Wilson’s Patriotic Gore. Twice in 1964 and once in 1972. There seem to be different methods of checking it out as one has numbers written next to it and one has WS (something to do with the West Seattle branch, perhaps?).
Of course, the library is more than a random question about where this book has gone. And I have rediscovered it in the time since I decided my computer should take a dip a few weeks ago. The mixing chamber* in the Central Library gave me the chance to stay a bit connected connected, and to post a little something.
Even since I’ve got the computer back in working order, I’ve still gone back and written some posts looking at the city, and checked out some books. It’s free for any Seattle resident, and I’d highly encourage you to check out your local branch.
* I’m pretty sure that’s what they call the computer room, but am too lazy to look it up.