On a Sunday afternoon about 2 months ago, I returned home to find this: the bookshelf stacked FULL of books, every row double up. There must have been a good hundred of them! Sure, that has happened before, but this time, it was really different: they were mostly recent and popular books..the kind of books that lead most readers to say: “oh wow!” when they find them on the bookshelf.
So let me pause here and say “thank you Kelli from Victoria Road” for your generous generous donation. You really kicked us up a notch here…:) If you managed to pick up one of those books, you know…that’s all I will say.
Now, newer/popular books are something we ALL love, but they tend to disappear and not come back. My first thought was: “oh no…someone could come and take ALL of these away and sell them somewhere. Then we’d ALL lose.” It took me 40 minutes to move most of them from the bookshelf.
And I’ve been putting them out in dribs and drabs since then.
This got me thinking about how the library is working for the neighbourhood. I can only talk for me, so here goes…
Some of the very best books I have read this year have come from that bookshelf. In particular, I would like to thank the people who generously donated Sarah’s Key (the best book I have read in years), A Widow for One Year (got me back into John Irving), Water for Elephants (even better than the movie), and the hilarious An Irish Country Doctor will be in the shelf next time I stock it up. You could have easily taken them to a second-hand bookstore, given them to your friends, or just kept them forever. Instead, you brought them here, and added much joy to my life. I am grateful.
But I also want to confess that at times I have been a bit of a hoarder…seeing a book title I like, and putting it into my reading pile where it has sat for months and months…after all, unlike a normal library, there is no time limit on these books, and you don’t even need to return them…!
So here’s my New Year’s resolution to you. As your librarian (and a mostly inept one at that!!!), I will continue to focus on keeping the library stocked with books that allow me to hear the occasional “Oh Wow!” (I love that sound!). And the books I have been meaning to read…but just haven’t….are going back into circulation after I finish writing this.
So if you’ve been dying to read Tropic of Cancer or Woman: an Intimate Geography, hustle on down to the South End Library…they will be waiting for you…and hopefully, if they are gone already, they will come back…:)
Here’s to a terrific 2012.
BTW, If you have any comments of suggestions, just make them here (I am also co-editor of this blog). Or leave me a note in the library.
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