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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

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Eileen Fay

I know just what you mean about libraries and bookstores. They were my havens as a child, too. (Even as a teenager and young adult.) I hate to see any of
them close, especially the smaller ones.

I was lucky to be able to read quite early, and the librarian in my small town let me take out more books than was strictly allowed because she appreciated my fervor. That smell of new book paper is wonderful, I agree.
I especially loved sitting in a tree or on a high, broad wall in a shady spot in the college town I moved to in my later childhood. The book and the semi-isolated setting let me go into the private magical world of whatever story I was reading. E. Nesbit, Edward Eager and C.S. Lewis were my favorites for many years.
Like you, I was able to bring my son into that world, too, at least until the teenage years. So he had a good grounding and loves reading to this day.
Thank you for sharing your feelings, with which I heartily concur.

Amanda Morin

Eileen, thanks for sharing your love of reading and understanding my feeling of loss.

Your story about the librarian reminds me of my childhood, too. I was a very early reader and would try to leave the library with stacks of books higher than I could see around. It got so overwhelming that my parents set a limit on the number of books we could take out.

I remember once saying to my sister "How many will they let us take out?" and the librarian who overheard reassuring us there was no limit. My sister promptly said, "My mom says more than 25 books are too many to keep track of."

That's what I want for my kids. A world in which they want too many books to keep track of or afford!

Dave Dugdale

I am so glad that you liked my Flickr photo so much that you included it on this page.

I enjoy when people use my photos that I work hard on, but as I noted on Flickr below each photo I let people use my photos on the condition that they provide me credit to my rentvine.com site.

Please add my link when you can.

Amanda Morin

Dave, sorry for the oversight and thank you for bringing it to my attention. I've made the correction. Thanks for a great photo!

Rachel

Thank you for writing this. I'm glad you are determined to keep up with your family's love of real books. I am too. I was so happy to have a Borders where I lived, especially after B&N closed a few years ago. They really are sanctuaries, like libraries --as you write. Places to melt away, disappear into...it was heartbreaking to wander around those stacks that had been such a glorious place and just see the shelves cleared out with clearance signs. In terms of the environment, ebooks have to be better. I don't read them, but I tell myself that as I go through those 5 stages of grief as well. Maybe it's part of denial. Losing a bookstore just feels so wrong.

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