ABOUT THE LIBRARY
The Library is in a private home and available to all who share an interest in Things Medieval. This is particularly true for members and participants of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). (Okay, that's not the house with the Library, but it is in the front yard and thus a good signpost!)
Its location east of Albany is an easy ride for much of An Tir and the northern portion of the West. Those further away who may be in the area on SCA or other business should call and arrange some time in the Library. Over night arrangements are possible.
It's located southeast of Lebanon, OR, about 30 minutes off Interstate 5 from Albany.
We joined the SCA in AS XII and coupling that choice with the fatal affliction of bibliophilia, we should have realized what was going to happen.
The first SCA books we obtained were THE ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH POPULAR BALLADS, ed. F J Child, vols 1-5. At first there wasn't any conscientious effort to collect a library, but circumstances compelled the start.
Lyndia began sewing and searched through all the local libraries for references; there were none. She then tried her University and was pleased to see many great books on costuming until she found out that ALL of them were on permanent loan to various members of faculty. We started crawling through every use book store in southern California looking for them.
Searching through the shelves, smelling the old pages brought us in contact with other books. I was interested in fighting, heraldry and history; Lyndia in the Middle East and dance. We both sought books on cooking and Japan.
At some point our collected books became a Collection.
Some old-book dealers (not old book-dealers) began to recognize us to a dangerous point: one day UPS dropped a package by the house; it was an unasked-for book that a dealer had sent to us to look over before he put it in his stock. It was time to slow down.
The First Library: The
Library grew as the collection grew, in starts and stops. A couple
of bookcases in the living room, then four; the dining room just begged for a
couple; and then the hallway. The family room was the last to get cases
until the office did; and lastly, the bedroom.
There was no more room and books became double stacked for too long a time.
Mini-Collegiums: The most successful day the Library had was a one-day Collegium on the Middle East. At one time, I walked through the house and was amazed at the variety that was going on: in the front yard, a couple was discussing the history of hunting dogs in the ME with their Salukis as example, a collector in the living room was showing his ME arms and armour, the dining room had a class on literature, in the kitchen cooking history was discussed, costuming was in the family room and dancing was going on in the backyard! The afternoon meal was a ME pot-luck and the evening meal was a 9 course ME feast. A grand day!
The Second Library, Cherry Creek:
As a couple we were extremely lucky to have the chance to design and build our
dream home and of course, a library was an important part of the effort.
For the first time, the Library was in one room!
The Library Today: The
Library is mostly in one room and that one is shared with the always messy
office. The part that is separate is not far away, composed of periodicals and SCA
publications. This maybe the last change.
Dreams: We would like to
have mini-Collegiums on various subjects, either one or two days. We could
never hope to repeat the experience of the one described above, but trying
would have its own rewards.
And foremost, to continue WoodLyn Library for as long as we can.