April 13, 2009


From Lesley

American Library Association’s celebration of National Library Week, Sunday, April 12 through Saturday, April 18.

Today’s meeting was an outing to the Tucson-Pima Main Library, Downtown. We took the SunTran city bus (well, most of us did), and the drive was just a pleasure. It was a lovely breezy day – not too hot and just perfect for our short walk to the Café 54 on Pennington Street, for lunch. It was there that we discussed Wilke Collins, our future writing excursions, pick-up trucks older than Laura, the neighboring City High Charter School, and the delicious tomato-basil soup on the bill-of-fare.

While at the library, Jim picked up a copy of  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and a  flyer containing a short history of Tucson’s downtown area. It was full of surprising and interesting facts about local buildings and the businesses they replaced. Jacome’s Department store stood where the new downtown library now does – Steinfeld’s not far away. The old Main Library was located in the same building as the Children’s Museum does now. Betty recalled window shopping at Cele Peterson’s and  parallel parking on downtown streets, long ago.

Our next meeting will be Monday, April 20th, at the Church.

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