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trailer, known as “Addendum I,” parked in the yard.
Addendum I contains tomes on travel, adventure and natural history.
Doty and Matesavac are now constructing a tiny house they will call “Addendum II: Do.”
Everything in Addendum II
will be experiential, said Doty. The structure, when finished, will contain books on crafts, hobbies, gardening and more.
Krishnamurti Library & Study Center, 1098 McAndrew Road,
OjaJiiddu Krishnamurti was one of the valley's most famous residents until his death in 1986. The East
End cottage where he lived has
been transformed into a library of his writings and talks. The center's bookshelves contain Krishnamurti's work translated into at least 50 of the world's major languages, according to librarian Michael Krohnen. Works written by Krishnamurti's contempo- raries also are available to visitors.
Krohnen himself is a wellspring of Krishnamurti knowledge — he served as the philosopher's chef for more than a decade and is happy to share tales of the man he knew.
Krishnamurti called for the cot- tage to be made into a library upon his death. In a letter displayed at the center he wrote, “Under no circum- stances whatsoever should the cottage and its addition be made into a shrine ... But it should be used as a library for those who are concerned with my teachings. The whole place should be kept quiet, beautiful and greatly cared for.”
A visit to the library shows Krishnamurti's wishes have been honored.
The space is not a traditional li- brary — the organization doesn't lend its books, but asks patrons to read them there. A sitting room adorned with large windows and white couch- es makes the library an inviting place to sit and read.
The Krishnamurti Library offers abundant seating for those wanting to enjoy a good book in solitude.
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Krishnamurti's former bedroom has been converted into a quiet room, complete with large cushions on the floor for comfortable meditation.
"A lot of people comment on the atmosphere or vibration of the space,” said Krohnen, a native of Germany.
Those interested in chatting about Krishnamurti's work can often find ongoing conversation in the center's kitchen, where tea and snacks are served.
A small bookshop in the cottage also offers a selection of Krishnamur- ti's works for purchase.
Krotona Library, Krotona Institute of Theosophy, 2 Krotona St., Ojai
The Krotona Library offers another opportunity to learn about Ojai's spiritual traditions. Within the Krotona Institute of Theosophy, the library offers access to nearly 10,000 spiritual titles.
Theosophy itself is a bit difficult to define. According to Ojai resident and third-generation theosophist Helene Vachet, the tradition has no definition.
“Theosophy is the inner life in every religion. It is no new religion,
but is as old as truth itself,” said Vachet.
If there's an ideal place to con- template truth, the Krotona Library is it.
The library is set in front of a rose garden and a stand of oak trees.
Once inside, there's opportunity to peruse titles on topics ranging from world religions, gods and goddesses, fairy tales, angels, reincarnation and more.
Krishnamurti, a former theoso- phist, has his own section.
All are welcome to peruse the Krotona texts on their path to truth, according to library manager Pablo Sender, but in order to borrow texts you must become a library member.
Little Free Libraries, visit https:// littlefreelibrary.org for locations
Little Free Libraries are just what they sound like — small venues for book exchange. A number of tiny libraries have sprung up in recent years across Ojai’s residential neigh- borhoods.
One such library belongs to Mar- quita Flemming.
Flemming, a publishing industry
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