Thursday, November 29, 2007

Smaller and Colder

This week I finally managed to visit the Inglewood branch of the Nashville Public Library system, which is the library I went to every day during my childhood summers. Kevin, the guy who I remember from so long ago, is still working there (he's been there 31 years!) and I (re)introduced myself to him and told him that I am now a public librarian.

The building itself seemed smaller, as does just about every place you remember from childhood, with aging floors and columns. All available floor space was taken up by computers (of course), meaning the lounge chairs I remember being next to the fireplace are long gone. The fireplace is still there, although not lit. It was a cold and damp day outside and it was cold and damp in the library, as well.

I was happy I got to go in and visit my old friend, but it was depressing at the same time.

2 comments:

A Real Librarian said...

Welcome back to Nashville! I've worked in the NPL system for 5 years, and I don't think I've actually been in the Inglewood branch - but I have driven by it!

Jai said...

As a native Inglewood kid I can completely sympathize with the smallness. I spent many an hour there as a pre-teen and was quite amazed by the smallness when I went back about 5 years ago.