When Sugar bought the grooming-and-boarding business two years ago, he signed a three-year lease on the building. We considered that now that the lease is almost up, perhaps we should look at other properties, even though we don’t think that there will be anything available.
We looked at buildings that were for rent or sale in our little town. We didn’t actually tour any, we just looked at the outside and considered if it was large enough and what renovations it would need.
One of the buildings was the old Coca-Cola building.
It was a patchwork-looking affairs, and had several additions to it. It probably wouldn’t work, but we drove around the building anyway….
…and found the Citizen’s Free Library.
And because Sugar is a book collector, of sorts, we had to get out and take a look.
I didn’t even want to touch them. They were dusty, and warped, and some were mildewed, and they smelled bad.
I said, “Oh, my gosh, this is just ridiculous. Why are you looking at these? These are just disgusting, and don’t even think of taking any of these books, and ohIhavetohavethisone. It’s Sam Levinson!”
There were embroidery hoops, and old stuffed animals, and Yarn!
Sam Levinson wrote the first adult book I ever read. I was probably in the fourth grade, and I was standing in front of the children’s section in the church library, trying to decide which book I was going to read – again – and the librarian said, “Let me show you this one.” And she went to the next bookshelf (it was a very small library that had maybe four bookcases), and she pulled off Sam Levenson’s “Everything But Money”. I protested that it would be too hard for me, and she said that it wouldn’t. I was worried that I was going to get in trouble for reading a too-hard book, but I was taught to obey figures of authority, so I was stuck.
It was the best book ever.
And now, thanks to the Citizen’s Free Library, I have my very own Sam Levenson book, “In One Era and Out the Other”.
Thanks, Citizen’s Free Library! No late fees!