Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale/And he stoppeth one of three...

It's July 25th, the death day of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Coleridge is most famous for penning "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner", an epic romantic poem most notable for the fact you can sing it's words to the tune of the "Gilligan's Island" theme. 

The poem's most enduring image, of course, is the albatross, the dead bird hanging about the neck of the accursed mariner.  The Library Society was all about live birds this week, as Jim Elliott of the Avian Conservation Center delivered a great lecture at the dedication of the James B. Lasley Ornithology Collection. This collection of hundreds of books on birds and birdwatching represents a major addition to the Library's natural history collection.

Jim Elliott with Aplomado falcon in the Main Reading Room

Jim discussing the Avian Conservation Center, and an entertaining owl

A close up of the Aplomado falcon. 

There's something strangely appropriate about an owl in a library...

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