ways to dig a library

September 6, 2006

You’ve all been there before, in front of some interesting, pretty or desirable yet unattainable object. If feelings borne in moments such as these were to have one name it may well be ‘life.’ Fortunately life also comes in small packets of itself which if tugged in the right way open up to yield equal to possibly more fine results.

The library, with its stacks and spine titles, magazines bound together and supplements in various states of organization both intentional and haphazard presents to the library-user a million such packets of life ready to spill little spills, tearing open to create those necessary stains on the interested and living. John A. Hall’s Algonquian Peoples of Long Island from Earliest Times to 1700 sells for between $190.00 and $1,800.00 (yikes) and is a very large book covering the last 13,000 years of the North American native population of Long Island. The book is too big to travel, yet too expensive to personally acquire. Rustle, tug, tear…wah-lah

Employing nothing fancier than a photocopy card, stapler and a photocopier I was able to extract chapters 6-11 covering the years 1500-1700 for roughly 5$ (actually it was free since I make a habit of ‘finding’ photocopy cards left in photocopy machines)  I guess it’s not ‘back to school’ unless photocopies are churning. You can ignore the rest and just accept this as a first hand account of one of the more simple ways to dig a library.


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