Yesterday the cabinet maker called to say installation of bookcases will be done this coming week. Finally!
The shelves, of which I’ll post pictures after they are up, will be Poplar, or Ash or Maple or some such wood, stained to match the existing woodwork in the adjacent living room and also adjacent kitchen. It has taken months – and some cost – to get to this point, and we’re excited. My worry is that these shelves won’t hold the inventory, and I’ll have to start looking for other locations in the house for more bookshelves.
At this point, because the already-installed shelves on the lower level in the Library (as I have grandly named it) were only were sufficient for paperback mystery and SF-F, plus a small amount of pulp reprints and room for “growth”, these main level bookcases will need to house everything else: the oversized art and nature books, the hardcover mysteries, which is perhaps the largest category, SF-F, paperbacks of all genres besides those in the Library,mystery and SF-F paperbacks too tall for the Library shelves, non-fiction including reference, as well as poetry, general fiction, classics, music (including the Grove Dictionary), biography, history, architecture, humor, etc.
We don’t have a specific start day and time yet, but we were assured it will be this coming week. That was enough to get Wife pulling boxes of books (63 of them so far) and sorting them into rows and piles, alpha by author. After the bookcases are in and the shelves inserted, we, plus friends who will be dropping by will begin the not unpleasant task of putting each volume in it’s new home. More to come on this.