What were you reading during Irene? Friday evening, Mid-Manhattan Library patrons were busy until 8 p.m. stocking up on books and DVDs to see them through the weekend storm. Some people were looking for fat 19th century novels, cozy mysteries, or vampire sagas to while away the weekend, while others had ambitious study or DIY projects in mind.
We had requests for novels by Henry James and Charles Dickens and for anything by 20th century writer Angela Carter. Harry Potter books and Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire series featuring Sookie Stackhouse were, as always, highly sought after. We had several requests for Agatha Christie's classic mysteries in print, on CD and adapted for TV and film. One reader who was immersed in Plutarch’s Lives came to find a book of maps of ancient Greece so that he could better visualize the geography of the “noble Grecians” he was reading about.
We found that learning was on the agenda for other library patrons, too. One patron decided to spend some time reading up on iPads and iPhones. Another resolved to become more familiar with the basics of sewing and using her sewing machine while another planned to use the weekend to begin learning Korean with a Pimsleur audio course. [Note: The Mango Languages database is also a great option for language self-study as long as the power is on and you can connect to the Internet.]
Thankfully, we were mostly spared serious damage and power outages in the five boroughs, but with no mass transit running over the weekend, hunkering down with a good book was a fine way to ride out Tropical Storm Irene. What was your storm reading? Please tell us in the Comments section below.