I’m strange about libraries. They move me.

It’s one part love of what they do, one part love of what they represent, and one part frustration with the consumer culture everywhere else.

Here’s a beautiful library that I visited a few days ago in Hudson, NY. A rusting book drop, lions out front with drooping heads, a foot stool for kids at the drinking fountain. It sits on a hill opposite the courthouse at the other side of town. I love libraries in storefronts, but I also love libraries set way up on the hill. What we put in public space, and where we locate it, says everything about what we believe in.

Hudson NY, I will be coming back, and I look forward to seeing your library prosper. /Sam

(I’m visiting libraries for several months, on tour. Photos on Flickr below and link here.)

 

5 Responses to Visiting Hudson NY

  1. We’d love you to visit our library, and see our plans for a (sorely needed ) new one! Our story / video / ukulele here: http://bit.ly/yErCCb

    • Sam says:

      I’m going to get there! A look at the schedule puts me near you in August 2012.
      I actually think your library looks lovely, and yet I completely understand (great video!) why your community is working so hard to improve it. I will spread the word. Thanks for reaching out!

  2. Jill Smith says:

    Sam, if you’re going to be in Baltimore or DC, let me know!! –

    • Sam says:

      Hi Jill! I’m performing in DC on April 9, which means I’ll visit libraries early morning on April 10 before we head to the next town. So many libraries in DC… any suggestions of little ones like our Uni? I’ve been to the big ones, of course. Cheers!

      • Jill Smith says:

        Hmmmm…. I’m not a DC resident, so I don’t have the insider’s scoop, but I can ask my former classmates as well. I can think of two very beautiful libraries right off the bat, but nothing so bijou as the Uni!

        Dumbarton Oaks (there’s another CA alum who’s very involved there on the garden side – I can put you in touch with her)

        It’s not *small* per se, but the Folger is gorgeous, of course…