Nevertheless, the New York Public Library has been an epitome of Librariness for me since I was a youngster, so I had to stop by there while we were in the City.
The lions on the steps leading to the library have been there since 1911, and have had
several names over the years. Currently, they are known as Patience and Fortitude,
names given them by Mayor LaGuardia during the Depression. But I call them
Fred and George, after my favorite literary twins.
Lots of people were in the library the day we visited. I wonder how many were
tourists, like me, or how many had just come inside to escape the 100º weather.
Part of the reference section. No one's there because
everyone is looking up stuff on the Internet.
Shannon looks up a word in the dictionary so she can say she actually
used the library. (I did, too, but there's no picture. My word was "alabaster".)