Women (and books) are Here to Stay

On Thursday, March 14 we attended the Rochester Public Library Book Sale in Rochester, NY.  Rochester is only about thirty miles from us, so we never miss this sale.    The sale is held in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Central Library, across the street from the beautiful Rundel Memorial Library Building.

The Book Sale is held in the Rochester Central Library Building

The Book Sale is held in the Rochester Central Library Building

across South Avenue from…

Rundel Memorial Library Building

Rundel Memorial Library Building

Sadly, budget cuts are taking their toll on libraries, and this lovely library is no exception.  Their hours have been cut back, so the Preview Sale began later this year, at 11:00 a.m., their new opening time.  Attendance at the Preview Sale seemed good — we could not find parking this year in the next-door Court Street garage and had to find a space in the South Avenue parking garage.

Prices are reasonable at this sale at $1.00 for hardcover books, cheaper for children’s books and paperbacks.  Proceeds from the sale benefit the Rochester Public Library.  The sale runs through Sunday, March 17 when books are down to $3.00 a bag from 1pm to 4pm.

After the sale, we always go to lunch at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que , 99 Court Street in Rochester (just steps away from the Library).

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Rochester, NY

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Rochester, NY

It’s a popular honky-tonk barbecue joint with great atmosphere and delicious down-home cooking, and a great location overlooking the mighty Genesee River.  We were lucky enough to get a booth with a view:

Genesee River as viewed from our booth at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Genesee River as viewed from our booth at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Now for my favorite book we picked up at this sale!  It is very appropriate to feature here right now, because March is Women’s History Month:

Women Are Here to Stay, by Agnes Rogers (NY: Harper & Brothers, 1949)

Women Are Here to Stay – The Durable Sex in in its Infinite Variety Through Half a Century of American Life, by Agnes Rogers (NY: Harper & Brothers, 1949)

This book is in its original dust jacket.  It is brimming with gorgeous images and interesting commentary about women from the Victorian to the Modern Age, picturing them in roles as farmers, photographers, adventurers, athletes, writers, striptease dancers, cab drivers, policewomen, housewives, pilots and more…a real cross-cultural view of American women through the decades.

Amelia Earhart standing on the wing of her plane

Amelia Earhart standing on the wing of her plane

A woman dancing with Arthur Murray, the man who built dance teaching into a huge business

A woman dancing with Arthur Murray (top), the man who built dance teaching into a huge business

A woman's dress featured in the April 15, 1926 issue of Vogue.

A woman’s dress featured in the April 15, 1926 issue of Vogue.

Eleanora Sears - famous athlete who was the archetype of the "outdoor girl".

Eleanora Sears – famous athlete who was the archetype of the “outdoor girl”

Air Stewardesses

Air Stewardesses

This book is a treat for the eyes, and a fun, educational trip through American culture and history.  It will be available at Old Scrolls Book Shop.

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