Lately I’ve been letting go some of my snobby disdain for the Main Library with its rotunda of on-the-cheap grandeur, plus the incredible profligacy of wasted space where bookshelves should be. Where books should be. Going there on a weekly basis to tutor Winnie the reality comes through, the building is welcoming, useful and used. We use the 4th floor glassed-in cubicles for our lessons. Someone thought of creating those cubicles. Very good.
Winnie had to cancel at the last minute on Thursday because her toddler was sick so I had some time on my hands. On the exterior of the columns of the rotunda on the 3rd floor I came across a series of 10 poems by Wislawa Szymborska, the Polish poet who won the Nobel Prize in 1996. She died this year. The poems are a salute to her.
Someone thought of putting them there. Very very good.