Blogger: Wendy Lawton
Janet Grant and I just returned from finishing up our presentations at Scripps College– one of the top schools for women in the country. We thoroughly enjoyed the students and the faculty and staff but we fell in love with the campus. There can’t be a more beautiful campus anywhere.
But it was the library that took our breath away. Here was a magical place– a creative place. Our host, one of the Scripps’ dads who developed and funded our seminar, said that if he went to Scripps, he’d live in that library. Janet and I agreed.
I’ve long been enamored of old libraries. My first library was the San Francisco Library on 24th Street. My mother would pile the babies in a buggy every other week and we’d all walk to the library. I was happiest when coming home with my arms full of books. Especially my favorites, like Babar or Flicka, Ricka and Dicka. A creative place for me.
When we moved out of the city to the east bay the library was a little storefront on 10th Street. I was old enough to walk there by myself and loved picking a new book every few days. I remember bringing home treasures like Baby Island. I first began thinking about writing my own books in this library. It too was a creative place for me.
A few weeks ago I talked about sehnsucht, that inconsolable longing, especially for a place. Never have I felt it so strongly as I felt it in this library. The silence. The old books. The architecture. The fragrance of books. The magical sense of slipping back in time. I didn’t get a photo of the huge main doors but they are only opened twice a year. Once on the first day of school and again on graduation day. The students only walk through those doors twice. The day they matriculate and the day they graduate.
We weren’t able to go into the archives, but next time. . .
It made me think about those magical places, those creative places in our lives. And I wondered about your creative places. Tell us about those places that always make you want to be more, do more, see more. Create.
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