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Friday, January 14, 2011

Library Loving: Library Edition

I love libraries.  I grew up going to the Jacksonville Public Library. I still remember it's thick glass floors upstairs. When they remodeled the library, they cut up those thick glass floors into little squares and sold them as souvenirs. It makes me sad that I don't have one.

On the other hand, the remodel in the 1990's brought a quiet, well-organized adult section upstairs. Adult Fiction and non-fiction were housed up there with big wooden tables for you to spread out and study at to boot. When I was a teenager, I read a lot of Madeleine L'Engle. As a writer, she doesn't dumb down what she is trying to say and she uses a lot references without completely explaining them. You can understand the plot, but just not every detail and nuance. Combine her writing style with my unending curiosity and you have a recipe for learning. I used to write down all the things in her books that I wanted to know more about and then I would go to the library and research it. Just me and the stacks for an hour or two. And while I was there I would find more books to read. I read every Agatha Christie, James Herriot, and Madeleine L'Engle book in that library because of those nights.

 It was....heaven.

For some reason, thinking about that time makes me emotional. Something about what a beautiful library(scroll halfway down link page to see pic) it was for such a small town. And about how the time I spent there alone was so completely my own time.

The library I go to now is an interim library while the "real" library undergoes construction or something. I will just say that it is not the Andrew Carnegie funded Jacksonville Public Library and leave it at that. Maybe the permanent library will be a thing of awe and wonder, but I think it unwise to get my hopes up. Just in case it isn't.

For reasons unknown, I feel like I have just divulged something intensely private.


I wasted my teenage years on extraordinarily tame behavior.

In other news, I have a lot of exciting stuff to post about in the coming week. Books, food, fashion, and shenanigans. In the meantime, have an excellent weekend. It's sure to be a busy one here.

1 comment:

  1. I know I am a little late to the party that is this post, but did you know that the tables in the music room of the library are topped with the glass from upstairs?  I didn't, until I took a class there for a tour in December.  That floor always creeped me out a bit, but remains a fond memory, nonetheless.  Oh, and you would be proud...I got my card a week ago!!