Oh my I love libraries. Even when I am on vacation I go visit the library. Some people hit the shops, others browse the galleries, most play, but I go check out the library. I am so fortunate to have the library that I do. Have I mentioned this before?
I am not the only one who has a real life love affair with libraries. I know some great characters who love their libraries as well. I came across this love letter to a library the other day:
The library was a little old shabby place. Francie thought it was beautiful. The feeling she had about it was as good as the feeling she had about church. She pushed open the door and went in. She liked the combined smell of worn leather bindings, library paste and freshly inked stamping pads better than she liked the smell of burning incense at high mass.
–beginning of chapter two from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Francie Nolan loved libraries. The librarian wasn’t the greatest, but Francie persevered her weekly visits because Francie had long ago dedicated every Saturday as her library day in order to work her way through all the collection, even though she usually ended up reading the same book.
What an amazing undertaking! To walk into the local library and take down a book, read it, and move on to the next one until all is read. A lifetime of literary adventure.
There are other literary library mentions. For instance, Elizabeth Bennett comments about Mr. Bingely’s library, how fine she hears it is, and then he sheepishly admits he doesn’t read much, being he would rather be outside. Lizzie’s father, Mr. Bennett, is well-known for hiding in his library. They sadly are the only Bennetts who bothered with books. In fact, most of Austen’s books have a mention of libraries. Emma’s father usually hid out in his library, avoiding the world. I’m pretty sure JA would be registered on my Book Boosters page had WordPress been around in her day.
What about you? What aspects of the library do you love?
- Is it the sheer volume of knowledge available at your fingertips?
- What about the amazing amount of FREE reading waiting to jump into your book bag?
- Are there special librarians or staff who make you feel welcome? (I think Francie’s librarian was an anomaly–all the librarians I have known have been absolutely wonderful)
- Does the library have a special place where you sit and read or work?
I’m also interested if you have come across libraries mentioned in the books you have read or are reading.
- a literary pause (dawntrimble.wordpress.com)