Monday, June 29, 2009

Street Fair Photos

It's been a long, fun, hot, busy weekend--the annual Street Fair and Used Book Sale at the library where I work. Doesn't the grand old girl look great with some balloon accessories? We're celebrating our 100th year of service.


Some tall people paid a visit during the day:

This lady could dance to the rhythm of the band on her stilts,


While this gentleman juggled, blew his horn, conducted bouncy ball races and also danced on his little feet.

Today's book sale was very good. We all worked hard to get set up in an hour and a half; the line of people waiting to get in went around the block. When they were let in, look out! The rush was on and no lie. My favorite place to work was the Collector's Corner; we had many old and rare books for sale and our sales were brisk.

Best sale of the day? An autographed copy of the complete poems of Robert Frost, a limited edition of only 500 copies. Other cool sales were some books on antique radio tubes, a book of anatomy drawings, a complete Edgar Allen Poe set, and poetry books to a lady who didn't care who wrote them, she just wanted poetry.

Best part of the day? Talking to so many people who loved old books.

7 comments:

ELLOUISESTORY said...

Love your library which looks like a REAL library. Is it one of the Carnegie Libraries. And, how does that guy stay on those stilts and look so comfortable up there.? Amazing.

Twisted Fencepost said...

Is that the library in Charleston?
It sure looks familiar.
If so, I've been there many times. A long time ago. I was always amazed by its beauty.

Granny Sue said...

Yes, it is the Charleston Library. We've been in this building since 1967. It was a federal courthouse, also a post office in its past. It has undergone several facelifts, and I wish it still had the cupola it once sported.

Ellouise, it's not a Carnegie building, but certainly looks like them. The inerior is not as grand as the outside, but it's still beautiful, although very inconvenient and we're now crowded, crowded in this space.

A new library is in the planning works and money is being sought to build it. This building is part of what I am responsible for maintaining--we have 10 buildings and a bookmobile to maintain, as well as a vehicle fleet and some properties bought for the future building project.

Susan at Stony River said...

Wow. I would have LOVED to be there! Just my kind of 'thing'. Darn. But being a sucker for libraries anywhere, I just may have to make a post-festivities visit LOL.

Susan at Stony River said...

Wow. I would have LOVED to be there! Just my kind of 'thing'. Darn. But being a sucker for libraries anywhere, I just may have to make a post-festivities visit LOL.

Mary said...

Lovely, but for those of us with latex allergies, those balloons would be a deterrent. I have worked with "my" Y and Borders to promote non-latex decorations, and can finally visit the Zoo again, since they've stopped selling their traditional balloons "for the safety of the animals and our visitors."
I would love to have seen the Robert Frost book!

Granny Sue said...

Your point is a good one, Mary. I'll bring it up with our Marketing people. We've not had anyone to complain about latex products, but of course sometimes they just stay away instead of saying anything.

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