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Libraries and books…

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My father loved to read and he shared the love of books with me.  Even before I learned to read I would go to the library with him.  He went every couple of weeks to get his supply of books and while he searched for just the right books to get I would wander the aisles in the wonder of all the shelves of books impatient for the day when I could have a library card and be permitted to take books home.

When I was finally in the first grade the wonderful day came and I got my library card.  I have not been without one since that day. Every couple of weeks I go to the library to wander and wonder and choose books just like Daddy did all those years ago.

The library here is renovating all the branches and now it is my libraries turn.  My branch will be closed for about a year.  Of course, there are other branches but not within walking distance so not as convenient. I will survive the year, though inconveniently.  It is wonderful that the library will be updated with meeting and media rooms,  and more computers.  It will be light and fresh and new. It is exciting but it is also sad. Sad because there will be fewer books, actual printed paper books with covers that spark the imagination. Real books to leaf through and read a sentence here and there before checking it out at the front desk and carrying it home.

It is probably a good thing that I am as old as I am because I will not know the day when there are no real books. When libraries will be buildings with meeting and media rooms and computers.  Nice, even beautiful buildings, but bare of shelves holding the world of books with written words waiting to be wandered through with wonder. Sad for me and sad for the readers of the future, too, who will only know e-books read on computers and tablets and phones. They will not know books that have weight and presence that can be leafed through back-and-forth, felt and held like a friend or lover.

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“Books may well be the only true magic.”
Alice Hoffman

I don’t think all books are magic but most of them are for me. I have loved reading since I was a child. We got a television when I was about five but there were a couple of years when I was in elementary school when we didn’t have one. So, it was reading for my entertainment and it is still my favorite way to escape.

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I read mostly fiction. I get enough real life in real life. I do read faith-based books, fiction, and nonfiction, and occasionally a memoir or biography. But fiction is my favorite.  When I was younger I liked romance novels but not so much anymore. Now I like mysteries and thrillers and some post-apocalyptic sci-fi. It’s okay if there is some romance thrown in and there usually is but I don’t care for it to be the main attraction of the story.

I don’t buy books these days. I am into a simplify and declutter phase of life and don’t need to own books.  The library has more books than I could ever read. I never buy e-books I just download free ones. I prefer “real” books and only read the e-books when I haven’t gotten to the library. I never listen to audio books. I have tried but I always fall asleep. I have never fallen asleep reading! Now we have a small library here where I live.  It’s been my pet project along with the fitness center. I spend a lot more time in the library than the fitness center! Once the fitness center was up and ready for use I sort of lost interest but I never lost interest in the library. 😉

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Filling in the blanks…

Friendly Fill-Ins Week 16

  1. I wish I could think of something that someone would bring back so I could fill in catcompthese blanks with something other than what I have written here.

2. An act of kindness that I do often is taking home cooked meals to my neighbors.

 3. I still have my teddy bear from my childhood.

4.  If I didn’t have the local library to visit and borrow books from, I’d be completely lost.

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“Books may well be the only true magic.”
Alice Hoffman

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