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Yet More Conversation about Libraries . . .

Charlbury Library street As tens of thousands of citizens flood the streets of London, I recall part of a comment from a UK author in our July 9th post in this discussion about libraries:

“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 worked to find that charity “library”; but, ran into a quandary and couldn’t say much about it in the post on July 11th

However, our UK author came through and resolved the quandary, by saying:

“The [‘library’] in Charlbury has closed but if you look up ‘The Corner House’ you’ll find where all the books went.”

So, while almost stepping into a different quandary checking Google maps, I, at least, found the street the former Charlbury “library” was on—our image for this post—a twee area, which looks like it might also embrace “The Corner House”…

So, the quaint little British mystery “library” has been accounted for… :-)

If we could only account for all those lovely British folk protesting a man who seems to have worked hard to earn those protests…


Since it takes at least one comment on any given post in one of our Blog Conversation series to have the discussion continue, here are some possible things to comment about:

  • Your first library memory…
  • Your first major book discovery in a library…
  • Your first kiss in a library…
  • Your most memorable visit to a library…
  • Your reason for feeling like libraries should be supported and maintained…
  • How many books, and an indication of the types of books, in your personal home or digital library…
  • Any ol’ thing you can urge yourself to share about libraries :-)

If you don’t see a way to comment, try the link at the upper right of this post…

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5 responses to “Yet More Conversation about Libraries . . .

  1. Jane Watson July 14, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Well I loved looking up the link to The Corner House and reading about the Oxfordshire community and I wished I lived in a small town in that community with a local library. Even if it was only in a novel—I wanted to live in: East Hagbourne, Toot and Marsh Baldon, or Long Wittenham. Thinking about libraries took me to these places in my imagination :-)

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  2. Alexander M Zoltai July 14, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Deeply appreciate your letting the conversation continue and your imagining living in some twee British towns… :-)


  3. juliecroundblog July 15, 2018 at 7:02 am

    I’m glad you liked the link to Oxfordshire, but to get back to your initial discussion. In Worthing the mobile library brings books to a street ten minutes walk from our house so I don’t have to get the bus down town. The main library is full of computers but has plenty of talks and events going on as well as a large children’s section. Each week I select four novels at random, unless I have read a recommendation.
    Certain authors always delight, Stephen King for one, and I try to mix thrillers and sagas.I get put off if I see a pretty woman in period costume on the cover. I try to keep a record of all books read on Goodreads but I have been known to pick up one a second time, just because i found the cover attractive.
    I donate copies of my books to the local library after about three months, just to find readers but the latest one isn’t in there yet.

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  4. Alexander M Zoltai July 15, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Thanks for filling out the info, Julie—this conversation is setting records :-)


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