Category Archives: Libraries

From Reading Loft To Virtual Porthole, Check Out the View Along North High Street

The view of the sky straight over our heads is the only perfect view, A Room With A View’s Mr. Emerson believes, but the prospect afforded by the cantilevered reading loft at the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Northside Branch is definitely … Continue reading

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“Curiose Geschichte” And “Gl├╝ckes Genughat”: Bexley Scenes From Childhood

Slice a banana in half lengthwise, top it with chopped peanuts and a dollop of pastel-tinted mayonnaise, and you’ve created one of my favorite dishes: the banana nut salad from the Willard Restaurant, a fixture of the Bexley, Ohio community … Continue reading

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Beadles And Bill-Stickers Washed Down Wastel And Cocket With Salop

Listen to the conversations that ensue when a score of librarians gather, and you’ll understand why I scampered over to Columbus College of Art and Design’s Packard Library for an open house. In the course of the first five minutes, … Continue reading

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Did You Find The Man Selling Ham?

January is limping along. The weather is unpredictable, time is passing slowly, and Spring is a long way off. Stuck in Columbus during this long, dreary season, I’m bored and restless for sights beyond the city limits. To hasten this … Continue reading

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Here’s The Rub On Zanesville’s Carnegie Library

An hour into our holiday redeye trips to New York City, the motorcoach makes a quick pickup stop near the Zanesville-Muskingum County Convention and Visitors Bureau. As more passengers push past with their pillows and changes of clothes, I remind … Continue reading

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In A “Tawny Yellow” Library, The Husband Of Another Elizabeth Butler Helped Win The Great War With Books

I’m over the top not only about “Tommies,” but also about doughboys, because I’m related to one. In the summer of 1917, my grandmother and great-grandfather took the train from Columbus to Chillicothe, Ohio to visit my great-great uncle, Charles … Continue reading

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A Philadelphia Shopping Trip Helped A Governor Check Out Ramona

“This day the first stone for the foundation of the new State House was dropped in the Public Square; from the Waggens.” So noted Zechariah Mills, State Librarian of Ohio, in his weather log for May 16, 1838, a day … Continue reading

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