Exploring the "tangible and tactile"
by Stephen Scarpa
The Arts Paper
Arts Council of Greater New Haven
October 28, 2011
There is a quiet hum inside as a few patrons wander the new books section and clerks busy themselves at their computers. A few people quietly thumb through paperbacks. An older woman tutors a woman in her 30s. “To subside means to stop,” the woman says, reviewing a paper with her student. Another woman looks up a medical diagram of a tooth on the Internet.
The main branch of the library has a grandeur ordinarily saved for churches, municipal edifices, or old-time banks. Wandering through the library, the greatest concentration of people there that day clustered around the brand new computer lab on the ground floor. One man distractedly thumbed through that day’s edition of the New Haven Register, waiting for a friend to finish her time online. [READ MORE...]