Oh, I wish I could tell you all of the tentative plans we have, but unfortunately that’s going to have to wait for another week. At least. I know that our patrons are getting antsy because more and more of you are reaching out to check in and see if we have any information about reopening. There are stirrings of curbside pickup being offered in Onondaga County beginning at the end of May, and I’m hearing that not everyone prefers eBooks. All I can say is still just that “we’re working on it.” We want very much to begin to offer you limited services, but still need to approve any plans with our Trustees, the Village, and the State before they can be made public. Sorry!
Speaking of Trustees, our Vice President David Hopper must be an avid reader of this column and seems to have picked up on the fact that I’m struggling with content, probably because the lack of content is all I talk about. Anyway, he offered to help by giving out some of his book recommendations! If you would like to share some of your favorite quarantine reads, or “quaran-reads (not to be confused with Qur’an-reads… unless your favorite quarantine book is the Qur’an), please send me a message at my contact information below and maybe we’ll include your favorites in this column! So without further ado, here’s two selections from David Hopper’s reading list. Thanks, David!
Nonfiction: “America in the King Years” by Taylor Branch. This trilogy about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement may be the definitive history of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. The first volume, “Parting the Waters,” was especially revelatory for me. The following volumes, “Pillar of Fire, and At Canaan’s Edge,” continue the story.
Fiction: “A Suitable Boy” by Vikram Seth. An engrossing, multi-generation, multi-family saga set in India. I once heard that it is the longest single-volume novel in the English language. Quite an undertaking, but worth every page.
Thanks for reading and have a safe day!