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May 29, 2003

Reading Room in Bryant Park

Yet another reason Bryant Park is a gem: the park is reinstating its Reading Room. Starting in June, you'll be able to sign out books and periodicals (donated by publishers) and read them in the park. They're interviewing volunteers to staff the project as well - I really wish I could do this. Interestingly, the Reading Room first originated during the Depression, when many people were out of work and needed something to do, someplace to go, that was affordable, or rather, free. Men in business suits probably left home to "head to the office" and spent their days combing the classifieds or reading the classics. Sadly, such circumstances are way too close to home for people right now. [See also "A Reading Room Returns to Bryant Park", Glenn Collins, New York Times, Metro sec.]

Yours, &c., LC | 11:25 AM | Librariana | Comments (2)

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God, I love Bryant Park. I can't wait for the Summer Movie season, as well. The past couple of years, I was stuck inside at work, but this year, nothing will keep me from my Monday/Tuesday extravaganza.

Posted by: SER at May 29, 2003 12:12 PM

Yeah, I hope I can make one of the screenings this time around.

Posted by: Lady Crumpet at June 1, 2003 01:31 PM