Sterling Library

L & B Reading Room in Sterling LibraryI remember going into the main library, that first room on the right with the little rooms lining the wall facing the inner courtyard. Each had a pair of plush chairs upholstered in green leather facing the courtyard. A covered radiator, useful during the snow in winter, was between the chair and the window. I used to like to go there in the evening to study. The trouble was, I often had to read a book in French. It was rather boring, having to stop and look up frequent words in a story that wasn’t terribly interesting to begin with. Unfortunately, I almost always got too relaxed and sleepy to accomplish much. However, I felt very collegiate.

Robert Schechter

Davenport College

Davenport College, rear courtyard in the autumnI remember the Davenport college, with its large upper courtyard and its smaller back courtyard. The back courtyard was somehow cozier, perhaps because that was where my windows faced on the rooms that I had. There was a small television room on the structure between the two courtyards. I only went there occasionally to see Captain Kirk and the rest of the crew of the Enterprise. During that hour, the room was standing room only.

I remember when the Beatles came out with Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. I wasn’t particularly into that type of music, but for some reason that record became the rage hit. People would place their stereo speakers in their windows facing outward and play the music very loudly, as if they were disc jockeys with the assignment of playing loud music for the rest of the world. This used to annoy me, since it made it very hard to read anything else or think. I also found it somewhat arrogant that these people thought they had the right to decide what everybody else wanted to hear and to impose it upon them. Recently, I bought a CD of that album. Whenever I played it, it immediately brought back memories of Davenport college and Yale.

Robert Schechter