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A Blog Conversation about Libraries . . .

Libraries Our last conversation was about different types of readers and was on July 2nd, July 4th, and July 6th

Now, let’s launch into Libraries…

I’m going to be rather desultory with this beginning of our discussion—bounce around a bit—rather like being in a library—So much to do…

When I was 18, I spent a season working in a library being what’s called a “page“; essentially, putting books back where they belonged…

I became infatuated with a fellow page; and, during one of our breaks, when she deeply embarrassed me for not inhaling a cigarette being passed around, I promptly began a 50 year addiction (which I quit a couple years ago…)—Ah, such memories…

I really did love the smell of a library…

I didn’t get to the library in my home town until I was in my 60s—rather like a sacred journey…

Then, there were those times I was homeless and appreciated various libraries as warm places to take a nap…

Oh, and mobile libraries; and, incredible library book sales…

But lately, since I’ve let myself roam in the pasture of confirmed bachelorhood and grown very long hair (except for the front and top) and a yet longer beard, even though I’m an author, I don’t dare do readings in a library—don’t wanna scare anyone…

I have however published a moderately large repository of posts about libraries(this post just might sneak into that repository…)

Let’s see… what else can I desultorily throw out, perhaps to engage you enough to have you share a comment, so this conversation can continue beyond today…?

Well… How about that Dewey Decimal System? I hear there are over 135 countries using it to keep their books organized…

Oh, yeah… Try these 25 mini-adventures in the library

Of course, if you’re a writer, you can read your books out loud there; and, I bet some libraries would even let you read your final draft before publication (talk about pre-order opportunities...)…

Then, there are all those Little Free Libraries (they’re really cute and they’re all over the world…)

And, there are, naturally, many other types of libraries

So, how about this…

Instead of me searching Google for links about libraries, why not share a comment about *Your* experiences with libraries…?

I can already hear all those books saying, “Right On!”

Yes, I can hear books talk—can’t you?

Looking forward to the comment that will let this conversation continue………

Almost forgot—what about all those cool librarians?—oh! and, those digital libraries folks carry around now………
If you don’t see a way to comment, try the link at the upper right of this post…

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11 responses to “A Blog Conversation about Libraries . . .

  1. Jane Watson July 10, 2018 at 9:24 am

    I did love the local library that was in the basement of the town hall near my school. It seemed to have all the books I liked and I had completely forgotten about it until I read this post. I also loved my father’s Volkswagen which had a strange compartment behind the back seat, lined with carpet, into which passengers could throw their paraphernalia. I threw almost all of my favourite books into this sweet spot, so I could read through my collection in the morning on the way to school. Until one day my father said: “A book or two is fine in the back but an occasional cull may work well, you know. This is not a travelling library”…then he smiled because he knew it was…


  2. Alexander M Zoltai July 10, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Yup, Jane, all kinds of libraries surround us…

    Your father’s cool………


  3. Ali Noel Vyain July 10, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Adventures at my local library…
    *seeing the dog for Paws to Read walk herself
    *searching for books from Ursula K. Le Guin and Andre Norton in both the adult and children’s section…doesn’t matter if they’re in the same series or not
    *discovering the library has more than books—music, ways to learn other languages, tv, free wifi access…
    *finding lots of old Victorian books printed in the original individual hardback volumes as books used to be printed then
    *learning the library has some ebooks, but not everything I want to read and wondering why…

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  4. Alexander M Zoltai July 10, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Thanks, Ali…

    Your comments will be fun to respond to in the next conversation post, tomorrow :-)


  5. juliecroundblog July 10, 2018 at 11:02 am

    We have just come back from Charlbury in Oxfordshire where I took some of my books to what I thought was an independent bookshop.
    When I got there I found it was a room where local people brought books and bought another copy for 50p – rather like a charity shop. In fact, it was a charity, for the upkeep of the building. Not strictly a library but almost the same. I had to donate, rather than sell.
    The library I use is a mobile library that is only nearby for one morning a week. I get out four novels and have usually read three by the next week!
    I have always used libraries and rarely buy books.


  6. Alexander M Zoltai July 10, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Once again, Julie, your comment is appreciate and will definitely move the conversation forward…


  7. Tea Gupte July 10, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Well, my first memories of books, were my mothers old encyclopedia collection. I used to tear through the thin pages resisting the urge to color inside. But my early memories of the library began with the book mobile. The local children’s mobile book service. Inside that huge old colorful bus was a fantasy world where my imagination could run free. Later, as a young adult walking around town, every day I would visit the local Universities library. The long hot days and walks in the southern sun were exhausting. As, soon as the automatic doors opened, out rushed the cold air conditioning. Of course, the smell of books was the first thing to jar my senses. The days of my younger years ended in that small library on campus. Later, as an adult, the public libraries became more of a necessity for my lifestyle. There I could find media resources too, not only books. Also, there was a local popular cafe I frequented. Here people would sit and talk for hours and read. Nowadays, it seems like the laptop has replaced that physical book you held in your hand.

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  8. Alexander M Zoltai July 10, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Wonderful comment, Tea…

    You’ll make tomorrow’s post even better :-)


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