Posts tagged ‘library’

July 14, 2012

Madison library – 3

Inside the Madison Library

This is what the inside of the Madison Public Library looks like! How exciting is that.

Well, actually, I took this photo last year (2011), and just realized I’d processed it but never posted it. So maybe it doesn’t look like this anymore! But it probably does.

In case you can’t access their website, Madison Public Library hours are, as of July 2012:
Monday-Wednesday 10:00am – 9pm
Thursday-Friday 10:00am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday (Winter) 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunday (Summer) Closed

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June 2, 2012

Library tails!

Just pettin' a chinchilla

The New Providence Library had an open house today!

I wasn’t quite sure what a “library open house” was supposed to entail, since the library is usually free and open to the public, so I checked it out (I had to return a book anyway).

As it turned out, it entailed (a) cookies, (b) handouts (I got a cool pen!), and (c) a nocturnal animal show (by Eyes of the Wild)!

Chinchillas, we were told, defend themselves from imminent predators by making weird noises, spitting, and urinating over six feet with precise aim.

We were also told that chinchillas are CREPUSCULAR, which means active at dawn and dusk (it also means “unclear,” since I had to look this up for a recent post).

So here’s Charlie the prehensile-tailed porcupine, who apparently is in fact supposed to be nocturnal.

Charlie' s eatin' a banana!

(She’s eating a banana.)

May 30, 2012

Memorial Day Parade 3

Is this photo too dark? I keep having trouble calibrating the dang colors.

After the parade, there was a closing memorial ceremony in front of the New Providence Memorial Library. (They also paused to say a few words in front of the Methodist Church [plus its cemetery] and Presbyterian Church [plus ITS cemetery] along the parade route.)

Police were keeping an eye on things. Cars kept driving through the middle of this ceremony, since the end of the parade wasn’t well-marked, and the cars needed to go SOMEWHERE.

April 17, 2012

Library glass

Pretty glass in the Springfield Public Library!

The Springfield Library [website] has a meeting room with some very lovely windows!

I like context photos. I think they help give things context. As only a context photo can do.

December 1, 2011

Inside the Morristown Library

Inside the Morristown Library

In case you were wondering what the inside of the Morristown Library looked like, this is it.

It’s not the old Collegiate Gothic portion, though; that part of the library is still closed off to the public, after the basement exploded last year.

And juuuust for fun…

Morristown library checkout, circa 1915

…that’s what the inside of the library looked like, around 1915. 🙂



Williams, J.M. (1996). Images of America: Morristown. Arcadia Publishing: Dover, NH. ISBN 0752402072.

November 26, 2011

Mountainside Library

Mountainside Library

This building for the Mountainside Library was built from 1966-1968, but Mountainside has had a library in some iteration or another since 1934 (originally in Borough Hall, and later in several rooms within the ‘Echobrook Building,’ of which I know nothing).

Mountainside Library, c.1968?

The library’s collection has grown from barely a bookcase full in 1934, to 8,000 in 1940, to 24,000 in 1970, to over 50,000 in 2011.

…Well, actually, instead of reading my blather, you could just check out the PDF I’ll link to below (and here). It’s well-written, and thorough, and it mentions chow mein parties (p. 20).


Entering Mountainside: 1895-1970. (1970?). “Book Power.” 20-22. [Brochure].

October 19, 2011

Fun times with the Morristown library!

Morristown Library. There she is.

When I first saw the Morristown library, I stopped dead in front of it, because it reminded me so much of some building at my college.

(Turned out, I was wrong, but just so you know where I was coming from, here’s the Morristown library…
Morristown Library, with some ugly cars in front of it. Well, I think they're ugly now. In 20 years, they'll be retro and cool.


…and here’s the main gate at my alma mater, blatantly yanked from Wikipedia.)
Vassar's Main Gate


Turns out, the 1917 library is in fact “collegiate Gothic,” so it probably looks like some building at EVERY college. (To be really specific, according to an architect-type I know, it is “English Perpendicular Gothic style… a common derivative of Collegiate Gothic [personal correspondence, 2011].”) It was designed by Edward Lippincott Tilton {Wikipedia], who had a hand in designing Ellis Island. Additions have been subsequently added in 1933, 1987, and 2006.

Morristown Library, 1918

But enough about the architecture. The library exploded last year!

On Monday, May 3, 2010, just minutes before the library was supposed to open at 9a.m., a bomb-like explosion ripped through the Morristown library’s basement.

Here’s a run-down of some of the damage, just so you don’t think I’m exaggerating (as I sometimes do):

An 8-inch-thick concrete first floor slab heaved upward and cleaved; walls buckled; furniture was blown apart; interior and exterior doors were blown off hinges; windows were shattered; books and materials were mangled and strewn about and a water pipe burst (Lockwood, 2010b, para. 4).

Incredibly, nobody was injured in the massive blast. To keep it that way, the library, which was deemed “unsafe for human occupation (Lockwood, 2010b, para. 8),” was completely closed to the public for eight months. The old 1918 section received the worst of the damage, and as of this writing, it remains closed off.

What makes things even more interesting—the exact cause of the explosion remains murky. Not quite a month after the explosion, a Jersey Central Power and Light representative said that the explosion was caused by “a combustible gas (Paik, 2010, para. 1)”; eight months later, “the state’s Board of Public Utilities [was] still investigating what caused the explosion (Goldberg, 2011, para. 9).”

And—the intrigue continues—underground explosions have plagued downtown Morristown at least eight times over the past 20 years. That averages out to almost biannually, but three of them happened less than a year apart. How often does your town explode?



Goldberg, D. (2011). “Morristown library reopens 8 months after explosion.”

Lockwood, J. (2010a). “Morristown library is damaged by underground explosions.”

Lockwood, J. (2010b). “Morristown library explosion damage is worse than expected, may force months-long closure.”

The Morristown and Morris Township Library. (n.d.). “About Us.”

New Jersey Historic Trust. (2010). “Morristown Library.”

Paik, E. (2010). “Morristown underground blast was caused by combustible gas, JCP&L says.”

Williams, J.M. (1996). Images of America: Morristown. Arcadia Publishing: Dover, NH. ISBN 0752402072.

October 12, 2011

Switching things out

Murray Hill Chinese School Painting Exhibition

The New Providence Library has a rotating display of art. I was lucky enough to be present when they were changing out one of the displays.

Currently, paintings from the Murray Hill Chinese School are on exhibition. They’re pretty!

September 30, 2011

Inside the Summit Library

Summit Library, inside

This is what the inside of the Summit Free Public Library looks like.

They have a much better selection of graphic novels than the New Providence Library, but their local history section is, in my opinion, not up to par. (Yeah, sorry, did we not know I was a giant nerd? We do now.)

Also, you have to pay to park there. %&^!.

But: Better selection of graphic novels.

It’s a tradeoff.

September 28, 2011


Single-handed Klezmer soul

There was a klezmer concert in the New Providence library this past weekend, performed by the Hester Street Troupe [website].

Klezmer music [Wikipedia] is a style of Jewish folk music characterized by emotive and/or wailing melodies. (That description doesn’t do the style justice, though; don’t think it sounds like mating whales or banshees or something.)

It was pretty awesome. Oh my gosh, I’m so glad I went.

Audience members were encouraged to participate.

Everybody follow the musician!

(Also note the demographic. I wonder why younger folks apparently aren’t attracted to this sort of thing?)

All in all, if you find that the Hester Street Troupe (or any other klezmer band) is performing in your area, I encourage you to go check them out!

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