Our Little Library
2016-07-25 18:09:01.000 – Meredith Campbell, Summit Intern
Here at the Mount Washington Observatory, we are lucky to have a plethora of reading material. Over our eighty year history books brought by the observers, interns, and volunteers along with generous donations from our members have accumulated to provide a wealth of knowledge in the form of our own little library. Because we work such long days here, I don’t have a lot of free time to read, but I do love to look through our bookshelves to see what I can find.
As you can imagine there are a lot of books about weather. Which is helpful for someone like me who isn’t trained in meteorology but is excited to learn about the science.
There are also a significant number of books about mountains, which makes sense, because you don’t live on the summit of Mount Washington unless you like that kind of stuff.
There are also plenty of books which exist for pure enjoyment. These are great for our volunteers on days when hiking isn’t an option.
The oldest book I’ve found to date is our copy of “Treatise on Meteorological Apparatus and Methods” by Cleveland Abbe, A.M.. Our copy was printed in 1888, and I’m guessing it was one of the early additions to our little library.
So thank you to everyone that has ever contributed to our collection. It helps make our home away from home feel a little more cozy.
Meredith Campbell, Summit Intern