Early on today, I knew I was going to stop by Ilion Free Public Library. You see, I am attempting to write an article about Russell Park for Mohawk Valley Living magazine and wanted more background. So far I have the story of me and Steven walking through the park and a work friend’s reminiscences of boyhood visits there. I wanted more background, especially about the park’s history. Another work friend said they probably had a whole file in the local history section of the library.
What a great idea, I thought. The library will hook me up, and I can also write my blog post about the visit. You see how I utilize my resources for multiple purposes. I felt pretty pleased with myself. And that should have given me my first clue that things would not go as planned.
When I walked in and made my request to the librarian, she said, “Let me look up the hours the history section is available.”
I had already missed the hours it was available today. Tomorrow they are closed for Veteran’s Day. Thursday evening I can come in between six and eight.
Feeling as foolish as I usually feel, I explained how I do not have my act together and my deadline is fast approaching. In my defense, I had planned to write an article about quite a different topic, only that fell through (long story, may make another blog post). One of the VERY nice librarians volunteered to go upstairs and see if there was anything they could photocopy for me.
While she was gone, I couldn’t help noticing the ongoing book sale on a couple of carts right next to where I stood. Ooh, that one looked good… oh, I already have that book. Then I found one I hadn’t read. By the time the lady returned, I had two hardcover, two softcover and a book on CD by Bruce Campbell (I adore Bruce Campbell). She had not found anything. I thanked her for trying.
“Hang on, let me go and take one more look,” she said.
I paid for my purchases while she went. She still did not find anything, but I told her how much I appreciated all the effort. My deadline is on Friday. There is a chance I could go Thursday night and still get it together. As an added incentive, I noticed the library is having a pie sale on Thursday. I do like homemade pie.
In conclusion, Ilion Free Public Library is a great resource with extremely helpful people. As for me, I mean to begin earlier to write my articles and do my research in a more timely fashion.
The library is located at 78 West St., Ilion, NY. Phone number 315-894-5028.