View from the Carnegie: A little romance

Friends of the Lincoln Library column
By: By Jane Tahti Special to The News Messenger
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This is the fourth of a multipart series on the Carnegie Library. Note: Lincoln’s Carnegie Library is currently closed, due to budget cuts in the city of Lincoln’s General Fund.

My mother wasn’t alone in her affections for my father or in her use of the Carnegie as a meeting place.

He, in fact, played his part well: he kissed my mother for the very first time in the privacy and shadows of the library stacks.

The whole town was available to him. To use a phrase from today, there were countless venues at hand.

Barns lined the alley. Fences went this way and that. There were tall hedges. Outbuildings. Secluded porches. Bicycle rides and picnics. Swimming parties in the creeks - the Auburn Ravine and Coon Creek.

But he kissed her in the Carnegie.

They were a cute pair, sitting time and again for class photos from grammar school through high school, posing for photos in each other’s gardens and yards.

He’s cute and a little cocky; she’s smiling confidently.

Family lore has it that the alley in back of the Carnegie saw a lot of late-night traffic over the years.

Wandering through the Carnegie stacks myself over the next 70 years, I used to wonder, where did they first kiss?

Certainly not in the reference section, by far too close to the librarian’s desk.

At the end of the western section?


A little farther back, I think.

Yes, probably there, in the hidden angle of the far, far corner.

I’ve pulled books from the shelves in those sections.

I’ve read of the great romances of literature.

But I don’t think I’ve ever read about a kiss that has pleased me as much as the knowledge that my parents - Freda and Al - kissed for the first time in the Carnegie library.


At Twelve Bridges Library

Saturday: Doors open 5:30 p.m. for the free family movie night featuring “Rise of the Guardians.”

Tuesday, April 9: Friends of the Lincoln Library board meeting is at 2 p.m.


This column is part of a  Friends of the Lincoln Library series. To reach the nonprofit Friends, write to Box 1177, Lincoln CA 95648, contact 434-2404 or Jane Tahti is secretary of Friends of the Lincoln Library.