There’s a new piece of furniture in the Reading Room, an ornately carved library table with a motif of acanthus leaves, that’s right at home with our carved bookcases. It was likely made by a student from the woodcarving school of father-and son Henry and William Fry, who immigrated to Cincinnati from England in the 1850s.
Frankenstein is 200 years old this year, and our copy was printed in 1912. There’s a sense of permanence about a library, especially one like the Mercantile, which as been around since 1835.
Old books, new reads I read all of Edith Wharton's novel as a teenager. After I finished off the last book -- I think I ended with The Buccaneers -- I'd still stop by the corner of the library where Wharton's titles were shelved during every visit, just to see the books and remember the stories and, if I'm being honest, hope that a new one had somehow appeared. So imagine my delight when, looking through the fiction stacks here at The Mercantile, I discovered a handful of Wharton novels I didn't know existed!I thought I'd read all of Edith Wharton, but [...]
New books this week We constantly are adding new books to the collection, many of them suggested by members. You'll find our newest books on the display in front of the circulation desk or on the A-frame displays near the windows. The latest shipment of books included: Advice for Future Corpses by Sallie TisdalePatriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown by Lauren Hilgers (This was a member request. Helping us grow the collection is a benefit of library membership!)Less by Andrew Sean Greer (This is a second copy. We can't keep this Pulitzer Prize on the shelves.)The Color Work of Vivian [...]
We constantly are adding new books to the collection, many of them suggested by members. You'll find our newest books on the display in front of the circulation desk or on the A-frame displays near the windows.