Tuesday, September 26, 2017

ELL vocabulary - library

I am posting from the library today, as my computer is broken and is currently being fixed by the good people at Apple Computer.  So today's word is library.

Definition: a building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for people to read, borrow, or refer to.

   Public libraries, owned and operated by local governments, are usually free and open to the public.  Private libraries, such as those owned and operated by clubs or universities, are only open to their own members and groups of students.
Widener Library at Harvard University.  A private library.

Boston Public Library.  A public library.

Andrew Carnegie had a special role in the development of free, public libraries in the United States.  He was a Scottish-born industrialist and philanthropist who made millions of dollars in railroads and steel.  He established 1689 Carnegie libraries in this nation alone.  He also established Carnegie Mellon University, publisher of the poems of Caroline Finkelstein, mother of The English Avocado.

What sort of libraries are available where you live?  Are they free and public?  Or costly and private?  Or somewhere in between?

On a related note, here's what I remember about having a poet for a mother.  On Wednesdays she would drive the carpool, to pick up the families of Findlay, Finkelstein, Logan, and Roberts.  All of us lived in Rochester.  Sometimes she balanced her notebook on the steering wheel, making notes as she edged forward along with all the other families picking up their children.  I was proud of that.  I was even prouder when, rarely, she would take us all to get food at McDonald's!
Boston Public Library - main reading room
Anyway, spend some time in a library soon.  It's good for you.

The English Avocado

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