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What Would Jane Read? Episode 16: LFL #5514, Lafayette, Indiana

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What Would Jane Read, Episode 16
...in Which Action Figure Jane Austen Takes a Road Trip,
Visits An Indiana LFL, and Makes a Charming New Friend


Action Figure Jane Austen accompanied me on a recent road trip to a conference in Chicago, Illinois, for the presentation of the Nebula Awards for science fiction and fantasy writing. While she enjoyed being in a room with so many other authors, she must admit to feeling perplexed at the subject matter of some of their books. In her day, an alien was a traveler from Scotland.

Be that as it may, her favorite part of the trip was our visits to Little Free Libraries in several states. She particularly enjoyed the Hal and Nadya Crecelius Little Free Library of Saw Mill Run, in Lafayette, Indiana, also known as Little Free Library #5514.

This is a pretty LFL in an attractive suburban setting. Jane admired the landscaping around it,and thought the ceramic tile set into the peak of the LFL's roof was charming. (You can see it better in the photo below.) We both appreciated the fact that the library is dedicated to the steward's parents, according to the wooden plaque set below the book box.

Jane chose a paperback copy of Pride & Prejudice to leave there, as well as one of her own bookmarks. And then the most wonderful thing happened: Susan Crecelius, the LFL steward, came over to meet us.

This is the first time a steward has come by while Jane was visiting a library; most of the time we slip in and out without attracting attention. But while the idea of a stealth Jane attack is appealing, it was even more fun to meet the woman responsible for this beautiful little book house. Susan is smart, funny, and personable, and Jane is satisfied that this Little Free Library is in good hands. Jane certainly approves of the motto Susan has printed on the dedication plaque: "Kindness.... Pass it on!"

Susan had been working in the yard and felt too disheveled to want her picture taken. (Jane once wrote, "What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps one in a continual state of inelegance." But in the case, we both thought Susan looked lovely, and not at all inelegant.) So Instead of having me take her picture, Susan took my picture with Jane and the little book house, and we chatted for a while about Little Free Libraries and more. So that's me, not Susan, in the photo with Jane and the Little Free Library.

The neighborhood seemed quiet to me when we were there, the morning of Wednesday of last week. But Susan said she generally sees a lot of foot traffic, and that her library is well-used and well-loved. She dedicated it to her parents because of their love of reading, but she admits that she herself does not read as many books as she should, and hopes to start reading more often. An excellent goal for all of us, Jane would like to add.
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!" she has said. "How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” Susan Crecelius does have an excellent Little Free Library, and Jane is grateful to have had the opportunity to visit.




PAST TRAVELS WITH JANE:

#15 Taylors, SC - #12893
#14 Greenville, SC - #1368
#13 Baltimore, MD - #9459
#12 Baltimore, MD - #1521
#11 Kings Mountain, NC - #5009
#10 Spartanburg, SC - #12365
#9 Alexandria, VA - #10924
#8 Simpsonville, SC - #9761
#7 Alexandria, VA - not numbered
#6 Alexandria, VA - #4289
#5 Kannapolis, NC - #7277
#4 Newark, DE - #5837
#3 Arlington, VA - #10419
#2 Alexandria, VA - #5491
#1 Alexandria, VA (my own LFL) - #9136