Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Library Caper


     Visiting the public library to check out books has always been one of my favorite things to do. In fact I have library cards at 4 local, city libraries. (That is probably against the law…)

     On a recent trip, quite by accident- because I COULDN’T SEE – I selected books from this section.


     Let me just say that a new world explodes when you open a LARGE PRINT book. 

     Mercy. I then began to speed read.  It’s hard not to.  

     While in New Normal earlier this week, I finished Ruth Reichl’s Comfort Me With Apples , which is a wonderful autobiographical tale about her life as a restaurant critic in Berkley in the 60’s.

     Yesterday as I yearned for something else to read , I thought again of my Amazon shopping cart, now a mile long with a bottom line total of a million dollars . No, I decided, I am not doing that.

     The quest began.

     I visited one of the 4 libraries I mentioned and found out that they could order this for me-


       I got a call the next day that it was in.  I picked it up , ordered Gilead by Marilynne Robinson and because I am a more is more person/collector, I went to library #2 the next day , and they located this at another library.

IMGP0408       They called today to say I could pick it up. 

      While driving home, I started thinking about the Tara Frey blogging book , and it became very clear.

     I am in over my head.


Susie Q said...

Hee hee. Our library is associated with most of the libraries across the state so I can order just about anything...which can lead to quite a stack of books at times, and DVDs, etc. We can put up to 20 holds per card. I have my card, Sunshine's and Cabinet Man's card number memorized, so I can put up to 60 books at a time on hold for me, me and CM, Sunshine or all of us, including College Dude. I found a bunch of books at Goodwill today for $1 and $2...NEW books...but I was sadly out of money.
Oh well, there is always the next unemployment check from which to eke a little bit ;D

Blondie's Journal said...


Growing up in a large family of readers, we always used the library, but for a few paperbacks picked up at the drugstore and then we all took turns with it. I can't tell you the joy I get in choosing, buying and OWNING my own books. I usually manage to persuade friends not to borrow my books. I never (almost) give or throw them away. When I make my "Border's Run" every 3-4 months, I buy up to 10 books or so. When I get home, I don't read any of them for weeks. I simply savor looking at them on my nightstand, a gift yet to be opened, savoring the mystery...

I know I sound like an odd duck. Posessions are an odd thing for me because I grew up with so little and had to share what I had.

By the way, I adore the late Laurie Colwin. Her early work is fantastic, but let me know what you think of the book you have in your pile. I think it was her last. I'm not sure if I "got it".


Connie said...

I need to get to the library...what fun you are having finding the books you want to read and not spending the $$$. Another great tip for all of us trying to live more simply once again.

Was fun stopping by to see what you are doing. I've been away on facebook and on a couple trips. Will get some posts done soon. Connie

Ana~A Petite Cottage said...

Hi Laura,
Thank you for stopping by at A Petite Cottage and for your very sweet comment. Please drop by again real soon. Now I'm off to look around your blog. It was nice to meet you. Have a wonderful Sunday!


Karen said...

I love, love, love libraries... but old ones. My high school elective was library science. I enjoyed Mrs. Duncan's library science class for three years at A&M Consolidated High School. I was a big reader back then. I loved the order of the library and keeping the books in good shape. I worked at the library at Texas A&M University and in fact, was invited out on our first date by my husband at the front desk at the entrance to the library. Now I am not sure I would know how to use a library... it's all so computerized. The thrill of walking out of a library though cradling some good reads is something I need to think about doing soon.
Thanks, Laura.

Beth in NC said...

Ha, you are too funny. Maybe I need to order large print myself!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Laura, The sad part of this is because of the economy and cut backs some libraries are closing or cutting their hours. Support your libraries!~Patti

Julia said...

Hi Laura,

What a lovely blog you have. I look forward to exploring it. Thanks for the follow. I always love meeting new friends!

Jennifer said...

My book club just read The Help, and everyone really enjoyed it. =)

Domestic Designer said...
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Domestic Designer said...

Messed up the first comment so I will try again!:-) I am an avid reader too and the library is one of my favorite "hangouts". I actually worked in a library for about 5 years in my younger days. It was one of my favorite jobs! Have a great day!

Elizabethd said...

What an interesting choice of books you've made.

Marguerite said...

Looks like you've got some very interesting reads, there. I have always been a library freak, a habit that I inherited from my mother. Even now, there is nothing quite like getting a big stack of books from the library and diving in.
Have a great weekend, Laura!

Rebecca Nelson said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE to read! Incurable gene passed down to me by my daddy. He had books everywhere and so do I.

The library is one of my FAVORITE places to go!


Amy said...

I love the fact that you can get books with large print! A whole new way of reading!! I haven't used the library lately but something I should get back into. The books are free and I just love the whole library atmosphere. The smells are so comforting. Have a lovely day Laura and thanks for stopping by today.

Debbie's Garden said...

I LOVE the bookstore. The Mr. refuses to go to them with me. Because he can't get me to leave. Seriously. I could, and do, spend hours in there. I love afternoon coffee with a book, in the chair with sunshine streaming in. MMMMMmmmmmm.

Kat said...

I just love going to the library. We have a new one here in our little town that is quite amazing. And I did the same thing, picked up a large print book by accident. Boy, I don't know if I can go back to regular print anymore lol. And don't you just love the way a library smells? Ours smells extra good because it has a little coffee shop in the back - coffee and books, what could be a more perfect mix. Have a great weekend. Kathy

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Laura, my list of books I want to read has grown so long since I've been blogging! I need to quit blogging and get back to reading. I love opening a new book and finding out what adventure I will be taking. Looks like you've selected some good ones. laurie

Deanna Bland Hiott PhD, MSN, RN said...

I love reading and books too...Actually, I even love the smell of them.I found several good hard backs in perfect condition at Goodwill the other day...Probably cost me less than the library fines... :) Enjoy, reading.

Sarah said...

Can't wait to hear what you think about Galway Bay...and by the way, your blog looks beautiful!

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