The Weekly Squint— Detail from Harriet Goodhue Hosmer’s Zenobia in Chains.
caption: Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (1830–1908), Zenobia in Chains, 1859. Marble. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
Squint is an every-Thursday post that features snapshots of small, obscure Huntington details that catch our eye. It’s a little window into some of the delightful minutiae that bring a smile to our collective face.
"You want to photograph me eating chicken?" "Yep." "Well, if I let you, I need you to help me deliver a message." "What’s that?" "I work at this library. And before that, I was coming here for twenty years. It’s my favorite place in the world. As many people know, the main reading room of this library is supported by seven floors of books, which contain one of the greatest research collections in the world. Recently, the library administration has decided to rip out this collection, send the books to New Jersey, and use the space for a lending library. As part of the consolidation, they are going to close down the Mid-Manhattan Library Branch as well as the Science, Industry, and Business Library. When everything is finished, one of the greatest research libraries in the world will become a glorified internet cafe. Now read that back to me."