While I was growing up, Forsyth Public Library was my second home. It was someplace I could go and be by myself.
Early in Mind of My Mind, Mary – the protagonist – is forced into a relationship with a telepath named Karl. That causes strife between them, however when Mary sees his personal library she decides “A guy with a room like that in his house couldn’t be all bad” (34-35).
Mary then goes on to describe the Forsyth Public Library and the librarians:
I actually liked the little old ladies who worked there, and they sort of adopted me. That was where I got into the habit of reading everything I could get my hands on. And now…well, old-fashioned libraries of wood and stone and books were still like home to me.
Forsyth is probably a fictionalized version of the Pasadena Public Library, where Butler was actually a patron in her youth. After reading that passage I tried to imagine what it would be like to see OEB leisurely spend time at the library.