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I really like our little library. :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

We have a relatively small library in our suburb, but I have had the best conversations with the librarians!

I lived in a large city in Oregon so library visits were impersonal. Then even in the mid-sized city I don't think I ever said more than hello and thanks to the librarians.

Here, I have had actual conversations about books! I will talk your leg off about Jane Austen if I get the chance. Several of the ladies at our branch love classic literature so we chat about all the books and the tv and movie adaptations and the merits of the leading men.... emoticon One very kind woman has even loaned me books from her collection when no library in the area had what I wanted. She also recommended a new author to me today which is always exciting since I tend to get bogged down and think I've read anything that's worthwhile, which is nonsense.

One of my favorite modern authors is Maeve Binchy. She's an Irish lady and she writes books set in Dublin. What's best - she carries forward her characters from book to book so old friends always peek in. I've read her books so many times the nice ladies at the library have stopped looking over their glasses while they say "You've had this before". They recognise my mania.

Right now I'm reading a lot of Alice Hoffman's work. She is such a good author. Always a touch of the unknown in her work and something to get me all worked up into a good cry.

My husband knows now not to ask what's wrong when he hears me snivelling. He just gets up and gets some tissues and shakes his head when I quaver "I'm just so INVOLVED in the story....."
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    I miss having a local library. Even up in Tromso there was a library a few blocks from me with an English section. Here there is nothing local to me. I like hearing about what you enjoy reading...I would probably enjoy those authors as well. Thanks for sharing!
    2621 days ago
    Kinda jealous! I have a larger library and they aren't friendly at all, but eh, I still go there at least once a week. I have a book by Alice Hoffman that I need to read! Thanks for the reminder!
    2623 days ago
    We have a small little library in the town near us, too.
    I got a phone call from one of the librarians a couple of weeks ago asking me if I'd be interested in working there a couple days a week. (She knew that I would like a little part time job since I left my bank job over a year ago - to go with our farming.) So I am just getting to know the other employees and the patrons & what I need to know to do my job.
    So love to hear what you like to read and why. So I can give some good suggestions to the patrons. I am a non-fiction reader...but realize I need to expand on that and get into some fiction again too.
    2623 days ago
    emoticon i like maeve binchly too. though i tend to like reading books set in north east england and scotland have you ever read anything by Catherine cookson a North east writer who sadly died a few years ago I think she wrote about 25 or so books lol carol emoticon
    2624 days ago
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