Reading is cozy in the wintertime. In 1989, anthropologist Rhoda Métraux, while sitting in a Vermont cabin built from a restored 1840s schoolhouse, looked out from her study window to find “lazy snowflakes drifting down, glinting because just before dusk the afternoon sun has broken through a cloud.” Surrounded by her “three big cats,” she kept the indoors warm with a wood stove burning big logs, some from her own trees.
Books were everywhere. Métraux recommended reading the ones that “hold your interest and will take you away, quite regularly, from the problems you will be facing and struggling to understand.”
We like reading in the wintertime too. Above is an image of our reading room when it was in the northwest pavilion of the Jefferson Building, and just a little more snug than it is today.
Season’s greetings from the Library of Congress Manuscript Division!
 Rhoda Métraux, Christmas newsletter. December 1989, Filename: [WP].6, Digital ID: mss83228_164_005, Rhoda Métraux papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
 Rhoda Métraux to Stephen, July 26, 1987. Filename: LETR129, Digital ID: mss83228_164_001. Rhoda Métraux papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
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