“'There's cold chicken inside it,' replied the Rat briefly; 'coldtonguecoldhamcoldbeefpickledgherkinssaladfrench

'O stop, stop,' cried the Mole in ecstacies: 'This is too much!'”
-- from
The Wind in the Willows

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

We love librarians. What about you?

Let's hear it for librarians! In honor of National Library Week (April 12-18, 2009), an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians, I've asked some author friends to share a few words:

(and a former New York City public librarian):
"I will never forget the day I got my first library card -- it was green -- and the thrill of signing my name -- oh, so carefully -- at that tall (and scary) desk as the librarian looked on, and my mother. Doors were opening ..."

Carolyn MacCullough, author of Once A Witch (September 2009):
"My first job that came with a real paycheck was in the town library. I was a shelver. For four hours a day, three times a week, I made an endless loop of the shelves where I tucked books back into their proper home. If I could empty a cart in less than fifteen minutes, I let myself have five minutes to duck down in some semi lit corner and dive deep into whatever book I was reading at the time. Surrounded by the smell of ink, and the rustle of thousands and thousands of pages, it was then that I decided librarians were some of the luckiest people on earth."

G. Neri, author of Surf Mules (June 2009):
"When I first moved to Temple Terrace, Florida from Los Angeles 6 years ago, the local library was the first place that made me feel things were going to be alright. They had a great collection and super friendly people, and after I learned how to order from the Hillsborough County’s online catalogue, I found I could get virtually any book, DVD, or CD my heart desired, no matter how obscure. As I got to know the people who worked at my branch, they knew of me not as the author, but as the guy who had the most interesting holds waiting for him. Since then, they’ve come to know me as a writer and the guy who has 20-40 books and DVDs checked out at any given time. I love my library."

"I’ll never forget my first jaw-dropping visit to the Public Library in Flushing, Queens. I was seven years old and a newcomer to America, and I couldn’t believe my eyes. All of these books, for me, for free? My sister took me back every Saturday, without fail, so that I could hunt down and consume story after story — a habit that helped me survive life as an immigrant kid, and still keeps me sane to this day."

Anyone else? Come on... share stories of your favorite librarian or library or library experience with us!


Mrs. Horne said...

My mother made sure we went to the library every week while we were growing up and I treasure those memories.

I will never forget (because I still experience it) that feeling when you walk into a library and get so excited to find a great new book!

Now, with a son of my own, it is my personal mission to make sure he has the same experiences.

Tasses said...

I remember lying on the floor at a university library while my aunt completed her teaching degree (the first in our family to attend college). I was around 8 years old and spellbound by all the books. Since then, libraries have always held a magical charm over me.

peaceful reader said...

We went to the library every week in every small town I grew up in. My mom volunteered at the library and we explored and read endlessly. One library had just been redone and everything was so new-they had bean bag chairs in the children's zone! Long live librarians!

jackie purificato said...

We have one of the best librarians in our community. Our library has won awards for the best small library in the country. Darlene Miller is the best. We moved to this community nine years ago, and she was the most welcoming. She runs many activities for all ages in our community. As a teacher if I need something special for my classroom, and go to her and she puts something together for ve.
She is the best.

se7en said...

Since your blog is all about books then let me just say my absolute favorite "library book" is: Delilah Darling Is in the Library by Jeanne Willis... this book is a darling and pretty much describes our trips to the library!

james roy said...

We used to call our school librarian 'The Steam Train'because she'd walk through the middle of the library going, 'Shh shh shh shh shh.' Until one day some smarty-pants made the sound of a steam whistle. She went ... well, off the rails.

Anonymous said...

I rate this book a 4.

It was really well written and I loved the glossary at the end so I could follow the culture throughout the book.
I was very intrigued with the traditions that were in India during the 1970's. It was interesting. I learned a lot but was distressed by the ending. I was hoping somehow the lovers would find a way to be together.
However, this is not a fairy tale. This book could have been true and she sacrificed her own happiness for her sister. That is real love right there. It was an excellent book.

Carrie Blagg, Cherokee Elementary said...

I'm an assistant librarian in an elementary school and all I can say is, I LOVE MY JOB! The best day of the week is any day a shipment of new books arrive. It's like Christmas morning opening up the boxes to see what is inside and the wonderful smell of new books.

I have always loved going to libraries, so to work in one, well, it just doesn't get any better!

Anonymous said...

Your blog is outstanding!

Here is the url of the blog from the Archives of the Sandusky Library, if you would like to take a look:


Anonymous said...

We grew up without much money, but a high value on education and learning. I have found memories of spending hours in the library with my family. Some of the best times of my life!