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Readers encouraged to use non-lending library

No need to return books when you are finished reading them

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - WLACC member Norman Tartar peruses the stacks.

Emily Dickinson once wrote a poem which begins, “There is no frigate like a book/ that takes us lands away.” Well, the West Linn Adult Community Center’s non-lending library contains a good-sized collection of non-frigates to take you away. The reason it’s “non-lending” is because we don’t require the books be returned. Keep ‘em. Or bring ’em back. There’s no check out and no fines. We don’t keep track.

As you probably know, many seniors enjoy reading. And as you also probably know, because seniors have some years under their belts, they’ve figured out a few of life’s mysteries and are on the lookout for more. For this reason, the mystery genre is well represented in our library’s collection. We have hundreds of them written by nearly all the popular mystery writers.

But that’s not all, folks. Our shelves contain contemporary fiction books, travel books, large print books, and way too many jigsaw puzzles. If you take a puzzle, please don’t return it. Our library’s curator, Dave Pitzer, adds, “We have a small collection of Harlequin romances but few non-fiction books, or self-help books, or cookbooks, or documentaries.” A possible expansion of our library space may allow us to carry some of these in the future.

This is telling about seniors: We are over the Harlequin-type romances of our early lives. Additionally, we have helped ourselves for so long that we no longer need advice about it, and all our recipes are committed to memory by now. No explanation is necessary for why seniors like large-print books.

We do accept book donations although our shelf space is limited. So only bring us your favorite books. We don’t really stock periodicals. Our crack volunteer library staff doesn’t have time to keep up with magazines and newspapers, although The West Linn Tidings is usually floating around the building somewhere.

One of our finest woodworkers, Dave Rood, has made a handsome book depository that resides in the entryway to the building. If you wish to return books, this is the place to do it.

So if you’re of a mind, stop by and take a look at the collection. No frigates, just books.

Questions? Call Tiffany Carlson at 503-557-4704. We are located at 1180 Rosemont Road, West Linn 97068.

The lunch menu this week features chivalrous chicken pot pie on Friday, Oct. 14; laconic lamb stew on Monday, Oct. 17 and ridiculous Reuben sandwiches with nautical navy bean and bacon soup on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Meal price is $5.