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An Artist’s Take on an Institution

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On and off for two years, Anne Day, bearing cameras, lights, lenses, stands and once even shovels, traveled from Salisbury to The New York Public Library. Her mission was to photograph, inside and out, the massive and ornate building on Fifth Avenue for a centennial edition of Henry Hope Reed and Francis Morrone’s book: “The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.”

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A Place Of Grandeur

Books: ‘The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building’
leong@lakevillejournal.com

This is not a book you take to bed, nor read cover-to-cover: “The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.” Rather, this new edition of Henry Hope Reed’s 1986 magisterial book is for leafing through, for admiring Anne Day’s glorious photographs of the materials, symmetries and details that give the library its grandeur, and for stopping here and there to learn more about a staircase, a hanging lantern or a flagpole base.

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Two Fine Artists . . . Working Together

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leong@lakevillejournal.com

Matthew Patrick Smyth lives in the rarefied world of high interior design where rooms often say more about the designer than the clients. You know a Buatta or Donghia room when you see it. Yet Smyth’s style — restrained, unpretentious, more classical than baroque, filled with small details rather than grand statements — gives clients spaces to live as they want, not as he wants.

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The Reading Life

This story, the second on Lily, chronicles Jennifer Kronholm’s efforts to read with her daughter, as part of the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Scoville Library in Salisbury.
jenniferk@lakevillejournal.com

Lily owns 68 picture books. We have read 34 of them. The other half may take a while to get through.
Turns out, all picture books are not created equal. Some are short, some are long. Some have bold, simple shapes while others feature lush illustrations. Some have sturdy, thick pages and others might as well be written on typing paper.
In short, some are baby-friendly and others are aimed at older children.

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For most Americans, Henry VIII is remembered for his six wives. But during Henry’s reign — 1509-1547, the state took on a new, oppressive meaning, beheadings and burnings signaled frequent shifts in royal interests, monasteries were closed and priests and nuns turned out to beg for survival.

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