Libraries and Bookstores of the Lehigh Valley, PA: Linderman Library at Lehigh University

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I mentioned a little over a week ago that I was beginning a new series on libraries and bookstores of the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, and I am finally making the first entry in that series. My beginning piece will feature the beautiful Linderman Library of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

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Linderman Library is the humanities library, and it is my favorite place on campus. I earned my M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature at Lehigh University, and this extraordinary abode of books is a comforting and inspiring place to work. I have spent many hours doing research and writing in this safe haven for book people.

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Linderman Library has many places to work, including a long reading room, which feels like something out of Hogwarts from the Harry Potter books, many nooks with desks, and one of the best features of the library–the rotunda. Several levels of books fill the outside circle, and a winding metal staircase goes from the first to the third floor.

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One of the most beautiful features that is often missed is the dome that caps the rotunda. It is one of striking beauty,  and made of stained glass. If you have the opportunity to visit Lehigh University, you should go to Linderman Library, visit the rotunda, and look up at the dome!

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I am fortunate to live in an area with so many bookstores and libraries, and I was doubly fortunate to attend a University with a humanities library that is not only filled with thousands of volumes of books and journals, but also it is beautiful. The very nature of its architecture encourages students to study in its comfortable environment.

I will continue this series on libraries and bookstores in the Lehigh Valley, PA soon.

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Thank you to Never Less Than Everything  https://threehandsoneheart.wordpress.com for nominating me for this award.  Trish and Ben have a wonderful blog that is informative, welcoming, and inspirational, and I am honored by this consideration.

The Rules:

* Thank the person who nominated you.
* Answer the questions from the person who has nominated you.
* Nominate some other bloggers for this award.
* Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you have nominated.
* Notify the bloggers you have nominated.

My Answers:

1.) Do you keep a diary or journal?
Yes, I keep a journal, although I am not as disciplined at entries as I should be.
2.) What is one of your guilty pleasures?
Having a good cigar and a couple of fingers of single malt Scotch Whiskey.
3.) Do you have any pets?
Yes, one very timid and tiny cat.
4.) Tell us about one thing that really gets your goat…
Our society’s desire for normalcy, wanting people to fit into preconceived ideas of what they should be rather than accepting people in all their wonderful differences.
5.) Who would you invite to a celebrity dinner party. List 5, alive or not…
William Shakespeare, Bobby Kennedy, Giordano Bruno, Pico Della Mirandola, and Mark Twain.
6.) Brain dump… what is one your mind right now?
I am thinking about planning to write four pages after I have completed this post, I really would like a root beer float with vanilla ice-cream, I would love a game of chess now, and is it hockey season yet?
7.) What is your most annoying bad habit?
Probably my tendency to need to say what is on my mind.  I still have trouble controlling that as is needed in certain situations.
My Nominees:
My Questions to my Nominees:
* What is your favorite book?
* What is one goal you hope to achieve in life?
* What is one thing that can be done on any scale to make the world a better place?
* What is your favorite dessert?
* What country would you like to visit now?
* Do you have a favorite reading place?
* What is one of your worst fears?
Again, I want to thank Trish  Never Less Than Everything  https://threehandsoneheart.wordpress.com for nominating me for this award.
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