Friday, June 20, 2014

Libraries are Places of Magic


"When I got my first library card, that is when my life began" ~ Rita Mae Brown

To me, libraries will always be a place of magic. When I was a little boy, I used to beg my mother or grandmother to take me to the local library. They would drop me off and I would spend hours there just perusing random books. When I found one that captured my fancy, I would find a secluded nook somewhere in the library and just read there for hours and hours...getting lost in stories.

I used to use the Dewey Decimal System to look up books. Does anyone remember that? Good times.

When I went to college, my love affair with libraries continued. I used to intentionally register for classes that had 2 or 3-hour blocks in between them so that I would have time to go the library for extended periods in-between classes. I eventually found this isolated room on the third floor that had a little reading desk by a wooden-framed window. Nobody was ever usually up there so I would always read by that window. On warm days, I would open the window and let the sunlight warm the pages that I was reading.

Amazing memories indeed.

Libraries today are so much different though. They have changed so much in the few years that I have been out of college. Everything is digital now. People just don’t go to them like they used to. And when they do, everyone is reading on a Tablet, Kindle, or a laptop. I read a story recently about libraries and how so many of them are closing.

I think that if libraries ever die out, a part of us will die out as well.

What are your thoughts on libraries? Do you, or did you, have a library that you frequented or still frequent? Please share your stories. 

182 comments:

  1. Oh Keith a trip to the library to spend hours and hours with my girls when they were young was like a vacation for us, we would always go in any city we happened to visit. Most times the one not far from the farm would hold us and take us away from the labour of the day. The girls loved that break and the fact we could go anywhere in the world was the appeal. Imaginations are created and nurtured in libraries.Love libraries and yes they have changed but I still go.

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  2. Hello Keith,

    We too share your enthusiasm for libraries. They are such a wonderful source not only of information but of enjoyment too. Broadening the mind is easier if you have a good library stock and an informed librarian to guide you.

    It is very sad that so many public libraries are closing. It is such an important service for people, especially those who are tied at home or cannot afford to buy all the books that they wish to read. However, there are also some success stories with many libraries being true information centres and offering a very wide range of services. This is good to see, particularly when younger readers are enticed there!

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  3. Libraries are different now. I went a lot when I was younger and through college but then stopped going. Part of that is because I'd roam bookstores instead and whatever I wanted to read, I just purchased. Now, I only buy eBooks. (As I've no more room for physical books anyway.)
    There are still some amazing libraries out there though.

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  4. I absolutely love libraries. It makes me sad that people don't use them more, or when I hear that they're going to be shut down. There's one near me, that isn't my local one, that's really huge and has a ton of stuff. I used to go there all the time when I was in college because it was in the same area.

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  5. I went when I was young and I took our daughter when she was young but now I'm mostly reading on Kindle because I can enlarge the print and it is so much easier to hold.

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  6. My school had the best library ever. College notso much.They truly are a magical place to be.

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  7. Oh, I love love love libraries! I could spend hours, days there, but alas, I have to go to work. Life is so unfair.
    (Thanks so much for the follow! I was stuck at 294 forever. You are number 295! You win, well . . . nothing, but you do rock!)

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  8. I love libraries. I have great memories of going as a child and then taking my own kids when they were little. I don't go much any more though because I prefer, in most cases, to own my own books. I do remember the Dewey Decimal System. I could actually find books when our library had that - now not so much. Even the people who work at the library can't seem to find books as well any more. Thanks for this post and have a great weekend!

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  9. When I was a kid, my mom and I went to the library every week to get a stack of books. This started me on my love of libraries. Recently I am not into libraries so much for myself, but all the while I was taking care of my grandkids we took weekly trips to the library as well for story hour (for them) and also to get some books for me to read to / with them. We WILL do a bit more of that this summer again. But now even my grandson reads on a Kindle. Sigh. I would hate if libraries closed though.

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  10. Yes, I am one of those who will walk into a library and inhale deeply, as though it's the first fulfilling breath I've taken in a very long time! It's one of those places that I consider "home".

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  11. Books were the goal for me, more so than the actual building. My memory was that Mother had to wait for me to pick my books, so there was no luxury of sitting and savoring the moment. I am still a readaholic!

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  12. I don't use my local library nearly enough - I take personal responsibility for its reduced opening hours. I tried to take my kids there weekly, but although they loved choosing the books, it was a huge struggle to get them to read them at home.

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  13. I would be so terribly depressed if my library closed. I can't afford to buy new books all the time or buy a tablet to read on. Not to mention, I hate reading on a tablet. I need a book in my hands! I'm definitely NOT with technology on this one.

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  14. I agree, libraries are now such social places, ours here even has a cafe in it, no longer a place to go to escape, its sad very sad, I think food in a library or rink should not be allowed, I know we can't control what people o in their own home with library books but I for one have borrowed one too many cheesy finger marked books! Beautiful photo here today,

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  15. I recently visited the Library of Congress in DC and I was in awe. It's such an amazing place!

    I have the habit of buying books. My mom is like that too, so she has her own mini library at home, you will see books practically everywhere! But I have fond memories of the library in my hometown as it was the reason my husband asked me out on our first date. He knew the library would be closed but he said: there's a great exhbition there, do you want us to go see it? So when I got there, he said: the library is closed, do you want to get some coffee? And we did. That was 10 years ago.

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  16. I love libraries and I adore reading. My library here is in the midst of one way streets and I hate to drive there. I wish it was out in the open so I would have easier access.

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  17. We love libraries in our house! They open a whole new world for us!!!

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  18. we always went to the library growing up...and even as my boys were growing up...i think they can be great places of community connection....sadly far too many are slipping by the wayside...outdated...

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  19. I've not been in years. Did on a very regular basis in my younger years. I'm an avid reader to this day, and am a member of the Literary Guild. It was an essential place to go during the school years, mine and my sons. Now not so much.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  20. The good news is, children still love books. Maybe because their parents won't let them have Kindles and iPads until they reach a certain age! So every time I visit a library, they're filled with kids and their parents, picking out actual books.

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  21. I have not been to the library in years. The one closest to me is small and not that great. But, I do have a library card so I can borrow e-books for free! :) Happy Friday my friend.

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  22. We still go to our local library. Luckily, ours are still quite busy. We always see mom's with their little ones and teens checking out required reading for school. But I'll admit, my kiddos prefer Barnes and Noble over the library :/
    Cortne

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  23. Sadly the library is going the way of the newspaper. I will really miss both. My favorite was in Vero Beach where the second floor reading room was nestled in the trees. You really felt like you were in an air controlled tree house. I am part of the problem as I now read almost every thing digitally.

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  24. I take the kids to the library at least once a week. Often, we go several times a week. I have fond memories similar to yours from when I was a kid, and I want my kids to be able to look back with the same fondness for libraries and all the wonders they hold. I still adore libraries and can't even begin to imagine a world without them. How sad that world would be...

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  25. I go to the library about once a week, but I don't really browse the way I used to. I'm usually picking up books I had on Hold and were now available.

    Oh, but I do remember those old card catalogs with those narrow drawers and the file cards! I remember using them for researching high school and college papers. :)

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

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  26. First, I love libraries. I remember using the card catalog and trying to slog my way through the magazine filing system when I was doing a report for school. The card catalog was easier. I didn't like the micro fiche although I understand the need for the system.

    I remember the first time I used a college library. I was actually still in high school, but there was a college the next town over. It was so Big. I was awed by the sheer volume of books in the place. I spent some time at my own college library, but not like you. I was a bit too social in college and the library was actually a place that made studying harder;) Maybe I just didn't look hard enough for my own nook.

    I visit the library regularly now and I know what you mean when you say that MOST people seem to go to the library to use the computer. The library is often packed... but most people are parked in front of a computer. I have wandered into the children's section and it is totally different there. I think that the best chance of keeping the library open is with the children. They come for the books. And story time.

    There is almost always a line to check out books, so that gives me encouragement that the library will not become obsolete. At least not yet.

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  27. I remember card catalogues! I probably shouldn't admit that. But, yeah, the health of libraries is a kind of barometer for how society is doing, in my opinion.

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  28. I've always been a book nut, so it only stands to reason that I'm a library nut, too. As a kid, we couldn't afford to buy a lot of books, but I had library cards for like six different libraries. Used 'em all, too! Even visited the bookmobile every two weeks when it came to our neighborhood. When we moved to Georgia, I immediately visited the local library. And cried. It was an old, and very small, house, and the books they had weren't even categorized. No Dewey decimal system, no alphabetization, no nothing. Just a bunch of donated books shelved in random order. I joined two book clubs to maintain my sanity. Thank goodness, we have a modern library now, and it's still one of my favorite places.

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  29. I do like to read, but I have a short attention span. For some reason Libraries always put me to sleep. If I went to the Library to study I would be in dreamland in minutes. I had to study in the dorm where there was lots of background noise to distract me. I can see how Libraries may soon become obsolete. This would be a big loss for many people, especially those that can concentrate and like to get lost in solitude.

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  30. I used to love the library, these days I don't go as much though, i am on the internet too much.

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  31. I have always loved libraries. The one I went to as a kid even had a little museum in it. Our town does okay with libraries, we have a main one downtown as well as a few smaller branches with reading rooms. I even often find the books I want at my library, though the last one I looked for was stolen so I ended up buying it. Alas, at least they had it once.

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  32. I'm an avid library person and have been since high school when I could drive myself to the local library. I didn't particularly like that Dewey decimal system. I still frequent the local library and have all my life, especially after I had to get rid of boxes of extraneous books we had been carting around. Hubs is a fast reader, and he reads physics and history books, so the library is also cheaper. Personally, I wanted Henry Higgins library in My Fair Lady. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  33. We still have a small town library and I go there every week. The change in the last few years has been profound. Money and philosophical disagreements separated our library from the country system and we lost the ability to get books from other libraries.

    We have a great kid's section with seating and story telling days, a tech lab for people to learn all sorts of things including film making/editing and recording. Many of the stacks were removed to provide work stations for customers to be online. They loan e-books and will help you get them loaded on whatever equipment you have. The trade off is there are fewer books on the shelves, fewer shelves actually.

    For those who don't or can't buy books its limiting. Many of the new books I do buy I give to our library. I love going there, you can get coffee and in good weather there is a small patio outside to sit on.

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  34. It would be a sad day if they all closed, technology is sure making that the case it seems. We never really had any good ones near us, school had a nice one I guess.

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  35. A library was the thing when growing up. One gets 'crippled' if there are no libraries. Reading on Kindle is not like it was. It is not the same thing.The youngsters may not miss libraries as they grew up knowing the gadgets first before books. A pity that the reading culture has now changed. Nicely Keith!

    Hank

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  36. Yes, indeed: libraries were always magical places to me. I discovered the allure of antiquity in them: where Triton rose from the wine dark sea, blowing death on his spiral horn in Edith Hamilton's MYTHOLOGY.

    No one said there were aisles I could not wander so the worlds of the past were mine to explore. The musty smell, the embossed lettering to leather volumes, and the weight of wisdom held in my hands still haunt me.

    Great post! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  37. You had me from "Libraries Are Places of Magic." I also have spent many hours in various libraries feeling safe in my surroundings and transported by so many delicious books. When I was young, my mom encouraged us to use our own library card and pick out as many books as they would allow. I felt my books were treasures. The neighborhood kids and I would pay Library by the hour and date stamp the paper charts we made for the front of the books. What a fantastic memory cued by your post Keith, thank you! I ready mostly on Kindle now but I miss the sharing!! Have a fabulous weekend and keep reading! Hugs.

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  38. Couldn't be more true! I was THAT kid. The kid who my mom had to tell to go outside and play because I would sit inside for days lost inside the pages of a novel. I love (and still love) getting lost in a story, so much that I forget where I am because the images of the pages are swimming in my head. Thanks for this post-so very relateable!! :)

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  39. They make the mind go to so many places. Be sad to see them go.

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  40. Hi, thanks for your comment on my blog. I too love old libraries. I miss the dewey decimal system. Although they are still in existence if you go to a state archive. I recently went to a state archive and had to go through the old card catalogs. It was actually fun.

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  41. Oh Keith, I use to be at the library every chance i had growing up it was not too far from our home and it was set in the most beautiful bulding of bricks and old stone, it was huge, the first floor was usually for reference books, an entire world at your disposal and of course where the Librarian were the second floor were all the books in the world, and I would take one, and bring it to the old alcove they had where there were enough room to sit comfortably and read, it was heaven....so old... so beautiful, so enchanting...then they shut it down, and the library went into a new buidling concrete, table and computers, and I never went again, the old library is still there, but I don't know why...I never went in again..It was so enchanting Keith, oh why ...now I found out they're closing the new library...it's awful for all those people who don't have money to buy books. have a kindle, exciting at first but it's not nor will it ever be a book. One you hold in your hand and cherish the smell and the book's cover....

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  42. Oh, yes! I still use the library! It has always been an important part of my life as I worked in the high school library during study hall, worked after school in the public library two afternoons weekly in my junior and senior years in high school, and also worked in the college library all four years while a student, even staying on campus during the summer to work full-time there - and becoming a full-time member of the library staff for a year upon my graduation! I've carried many shopping bags full home with me when our daughters were small! Now, our daughter does the same thing with her two children!

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  43. Obbssessed with libraries. I worked in one in high school. That is why I majored in English, literary studies. I meant to get my masters in library science and become a librarian...before life happened and i had to change my plans and work instead of going to grad school.

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  44. Our library is Mica's favorite place to go. He walks in and says, "I just love this place." It's funny and cute coming from an 8 year old.

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  45. You must be reading my mind--I'm planning a post on libraries, too! :-) I grew up in the local library when I was a child. In many ways, it helped me through a difficult childhood. I still love the smell of the library, the quiet, all the books waiting for me to find them--love the whole experience! I just went yesterday and left with a pile of books and a smile on my face. Our local libraries have gotten into helping people with job searches, other Internet searches, help with new electronic devices, etc. They are a real center for the community.

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  46. My best memories include my high school library. I fed my hunger for books there year after year. I don't spend much time in libraries these days, but they have a special place in my heart. :)

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  47. Great memories Keith and a beautiful picture. I think for those of us who love books libraries will never go out of style. I have a Kobo which I love for the ease of taking with me when I travel. But I still have never stopped visiting book stores or buying traditional hard cover books. I love the look of books and the feel of them and for some things electronic just cannot compare.

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  48. You've expressed my sentiments exactly. I've always had a passionate love affair with libraries - - but, as you said, they have changed drastically and are nothing like they used to be. When I was in school, the local city library was my favorite haunt, a secluded refuge where I absorbed knowledge and found peace. Sadly, that particular library has since been torn down in favor of a "strip" mall.
    And so it goes.......

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  49. I remember the Dewey Decimal System.

    I live in a small town and our library isn't very big. Plus it sits in the bad part of town. I do use it for research sometimes, plus I've given book talks there.

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  50. Libraries really are places of magic. My family went to our local library every week when I was little, especially during the summer. The library always felt like my home away from home. I still go to the library a lot.There are times when I still go once every week. I won't ever stop visiting libraries. :)

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  51. Any place that houses so many books is a place of magic. I shudder to think what the world would be like without books and reading.

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  52. Our library always has some programs going on and they always seem busy. I used to visit frequently but not as much now since I'm busier. I remember the Dewey System and felt a bit lost when thy went to digital.

    I don't own a Kindle or it's counter part and I still love books and have a big library at home.
    JB

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  53. I remember the Dewey Decimal System! Love the smell of libraries. Spent my whole summers at the small country one in my grandmother's town. My 80 year old aunt just made a dvd for the family and said when she dies she wants no flowers, but a donation to the local library in her name.

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  54. Love the beginning quote! My library growing up will always be a sacred place to me. Like you said, now they are different. My kids won't experience the same portal to another world:) Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  55. so true...I can't live at a place where there isnt a lbrary nearby :)

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  56. I am never comfortable with Kindle coz I want to feel the pages and smell the book........love the smell of old books and thinking how many people have read it before and what were their thoughts....
    Back in India libraries are still in the old stage...when I came here I was amazed how advanced the system is...its so easy....we can just request a book online and they will keep it on hold..for me its awesome...coz where I come from we still have to hunt each and every dusty shelf to find the book we need and wait for the librarian to check it out for us....I love the libraries here but I do admit feeling nostalgic and sad thinking about my old library back in India. Not much funds are provided to get it renovated so the building is in a bad state. when it rains it leaks and the books get ruined. They cover the shelves with plastic sheets just before monsoon hits..but many copies are already ruined

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  57. My sister just wrote a couple of days ago about her grandson's new infatuation with his local library. (He's three.) I was a reader as a kid but we had only the traveling Scholastic Library that visited our small village once a month. I begged for books for Xmas and birthdays. I do remember the Dewey Decimal System, and went through the transition to a more automated system with a certain amount of frustration. (Old style for my music degree in the late 60's and then a new system many years later when I returned to university for an English degree.) I love Vancouver's library system. We walk to the downtown branch though I do admit that my new Kindle has got us reading more than ever before. Bill and I read aloud to each other every evening unless we're out at a cultural event. All to say your post brought up lots of memories and thoughts.. as I'm learning to expect :)

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  58. oh i love libraries. i lived in them when i was young. i loved carrying my library card around and looking up books in the wooden catalog thingies were so much fun :) in between my stints in nonprofit i worked for a pr company whose client base were nonprofits and we had the opportunity to work with the american library association and helped them promote campaigns like library card sign up month, banned books week and it was so cool. librarians are some of the coolest people out there.

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  59. I love libraries and I lovely kindle. I think there will always be a need, but they'll have to evolve and adapt like any other business.

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  60. I was on the local library board so I'm one of the converted. In my school we had about 50 books. I read them all many times. I think browsers like you will find the modern place to browse.

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  61. the library here in my place in Central Europe is a few hundreds years old, set in an old city palace... smells of old books .. we even have an old librarian there who looks kinda like a gargoyle :)

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  62. Hi Keith .. libraries are amazing .. we have a new one in Birmingham and I intend to visit with my god-daughter at some stage ... someone wrote about them in the A-Z - interesting ... and I've written two posts on them and three other posts mention libraries ..

    I have to visit Birmingham and there's another I want to write about going back to Medieval Days ..

    But that is a lovely library you've posted there ... and then your talk about a cosy chair, open window, balmy sunny day just reading .. wonderful memories ...

    Our local library isn't brilliant - but it's there - though I hardly use it .. and I know about the Dewey Decimal System, but again haven't ever used it ..

    Wonderful post - thank you .. and soon now you'll have new library-pastures to find! Cheers Hilary

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  63. I do love libraries...however, I must tell you that there aren't many English books in Quebec anymore. :( Even though I am fluent in French, with my mother tongue being English, I prefer reading books in English but they are becoming harder and harder to come by these days.

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  64. I don't read much anymore, but, I for one, believe in a world without libraries, horrific. You should have a library.

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  65. I still get a bit tingly when I go to our local libraries. So many books, so many adventures await! Thankfully, we've still got some good ones nearby.

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  66. Libraries were and are magic. I love them, frequent them, and have one of my own which I am always adding to. Education, entertainment, amusement, escape.

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  67. I'm currently enrolled in college and I love when I get to go search through the floors of books looking for something that I am interested in. I guess I spent too little of my free time there, because Im never there unless I need something for my class. While I don't utilize the library frequently, I feel like it is necessary for our society and culture, not to mention it is one of the few places where alternate opinions can coexist. There is so much bullshit produced today to entertain, advertise, and capture attentions of people that the only place deep understanding can be found is on dusty shelves :/

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  68. I feel the same as you- libraries are closing and it's just so sad! Our local library has it's computers up front and that's where all the young people are. My very first job (volunteer) was at a library on the air force base we lived on back in the early 70's. I got to shelve the books and I loved it. Small libraries are nice, but the bigger ones are the best!

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  69. I guess you know how much I love this. :) It is one of my biggest dreams to have my own library...with a fire place, an old armchair and a globe bar. :) I love books!
    Happy weekend, my friend!

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  70. I remember Mr. Dewey! The libraries around here have lots of activities for the kids. And also they have free computer use. The Kindles are very cool, and lightweight and all that. But to me, nothing can replace a real book. The touch, the dust cover, and the smell of it.

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  71. I don't get to visit the library very often but I always enjoy it when I do. Will be a sad day if we lose them, there is nothing like the feeling of getting lost in a good book.

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  72. My favorite place is libraries, always I love how smell the books, the silence, these beautiful moments when Im looking for somd special books, is the best:)

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  73. I haven't been to a proper library in years. But I do have
    good memories of when I was. Cheers and boogie boogie.

    PS: I never had beef fried rice, yet. Is it like beef chunks?

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  74. Public libraries were where I took refuge as a kid --read while waiting for rides, or just read while reading. I've collected books ever since, real books of paper and smells. I cannot curl up with an e-reader.

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  75. Dear OE, libraries have been for me, just as for you, a home away from home. I so remember the library in Independence--where I grew up--back in the 1940s and 1950s. And then the library at college and the library in Dayton where I lived after leaving the convent and then the library in Claremont, NH, and in Stillwater, MN, where I lived for 38 years. And now I've returned to a new library here in Independence, and as you say, much is digital. Just the other day one of the librarian and I were talking about the sad face that the library was now ordered e-books rather than paper books. That is wrong. Not everyone has an e-reader. Nor wants one. So I'm finding myself becoming a Library Luddite.

    I've always wondered who came up with the idea of a "lending library." I thought it might be Claudius, the Roman Emperor. But I later read that it was probably Benjamin Franklin. Peace.

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  76. I love books, but I also love reading books on my iPad. My small local library is just a modern box with lots of computers and mainly activities for kids so it's not a place I really enjoy hanging out in.

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  77. I agree with your last comment. If we let libraries die out, we have lost our history, especially our intellectual history. If I could not read (not on electronic media) every day, I would be lost. Thank you for visiting my blog, I think I accidentally deleted your comment.

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  78. I love visiting my library, finding new adventures to go on and worlds to visit. The library near me always has patrons searching its shelves, which I love to see, and I hope that never changes. Thanks for stopping by my blog. =)

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  79. I love the library... sometimes holding a book for me lets me be more within it's pages... thank you for sharing your thoughts here and stopping by "Hate the Captcha".

    Jeremy [Retro]

    There's no earthly way of knowing.
    Which direction we are going!
    [Being-Retro]

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  80. I am a lifelong library user - think of all the knowledge they hold, all the adventures between the pages, and all those authors who have devoted so much of their lives to the written word - I can't bear the thought of our local library closing down but it may well happen unless they can find volunteers - such a sad state of affairs to lose such a valuable resource.

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  81. I remember the day they put in the first sofa. I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. How comfy. It was like living in a dream world. Anything was possible. I love libraries. They've treated me very kindly all across the country.

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  82. Libraries had to re-invent themselves, otherwise they will most certainly close. Our libraries still have a lot of well used books.

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  83. I have a thing for libraries. The Long Room, Trinity College, Dublin; The Bodleian, Oxford; National Library, Edinburgh; the NY Public Library. It's the old, beloved treasured libraries that draw me, I guess... ;D

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  84. I was the same--I loved spending time at the library. My mother would drop me off and I would explore and read for hours. I would even volunteer to research things for friends and family. I could walk in other worlds and times, see history come alive, and become someone else. I hope that libraries will not die out. Oh, I worked in one for 5 years and loved it (1970-75). I had to use the Dewey Decimal system with card catalogs then as no computers!

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  85. A walk to the library was what we did ~ while I love the digital accessibility to information that would take hours of research in a sticks and bricks library... I still love going to look and smell.

    I love the way books smell. I love the quiet and when I travel about ... one of the first things I did was find the local library. I used the wifi as well as buy the always present book sale sales... and then left them at the next town's library.

    Little towns ... big cities ... in between size places... libraries show a face of the region. I hope they never disappear and the ability to show the kiddos how to look stuff up ... manually!

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  86. Love, love, love books. The feel, the smell, the no limits to your imagination is just a part of books.

    Libraries were an amazing discovery to me. We also had bookmobiles because we were in the country. It would park in a certain spot every week so the rural people could have the same access as city dwellers.

    The bookmobile was magic! At first there was a limit of how many books you could borrow but when they found out I always returned them read my limit was lifted.

    I would devour books and do anything to find time to read. Walter Farley was one of my favorite child hood authors. Oh, there still is so much to read.

    I do not like to hear libraries are on the decline. I'm not sure the Dewey Decimal system is even used anymore. We were taught how to open a new book properly so the binding would not break. Is that even an issue now?

    One of the scariest shows I every saw was a Twilight Zone. All the man ever wanted was to find time to read. He was reading hiding from the world and some end of the world thing happened. Now he could have all the time to read he wanted...then he broke his glasses!

    That's scary.

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  87. I love libraries! I tried to hide in one, when I was nine-I am serious. I wanted to spend the night and search through the books for magic. I also wanted to investigate the vintage books behind the Librarian's desk-the adult section. I was infatuated with the pages, the words, and the scent of wonder and mystery! It is dreadful to imagine a world without this portal. Yes, that library card was my highway to the world~ I love this post~

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  88. I love libraries and always have. I remember as a little girl walking to town and spending hours in the library.
    I'm always at the library here in town now. They know me by name when I walk in the door.
    When we move, one of the first things we do is get a library card.

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  89. Thanks for the visit! And loving this post for several reasons-one is that I'm a part-time librarian at our little library... Another is my lifelong love for books.

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  90. Love libraries but do worry that many of them will close now that people are going digital... But---there are just certain things one can only find in a good library.... Not sure 'everything' will go digital.... I even enjoy doing Genealogy in libraries...

    Thanks for sharing. Don't forget to check out my blog today... You can see our pretty little home/yard.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  91. Hi Keith,

    I share your passion for libraries. In fact, these days, they can be a vital lifeline for those who need to use a computer and don't have their own. Everything seems to be computer oriented these days.

    Sadly, our atrocious British government has been closing down our vital community libraries.

    Have a peaceful weekend, Keith.

    Gary

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  92. My first memory of the local library and all its glorious mahogany wood was too long ago to mention here :) and my discovery of Padding Bear and the particular but pleasing smell of an old library.
    Back to the present. Now my local library is modern and chic - with footstools and armchairs, and no signs saying "SILENT" anymore, oh no.
    I was there only yesterday to borrow my next lot of books for the month and to my horror, no 'person' at the check-out desk. No. A machine no less! Place your card here, and follow the prompts etc. Oh my, progress.....let's get further and further away from person to person contact! -sigh-

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  93. I love libraries! My daughters and I go to the local one every week and come back with tons of books. It's very nice to see a lot of people, and a lot of children, there. Ebooks are fine, but I'll always prefer "real" books... :-)
    Have a great weekend, Keith!

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  94. I would be very sad if libraries die out. I admit, I do read read a lot online... but nothing can replace a book imo.

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  95. My local library is still around and not very digitized at all. Looks like how it did when I was a kid. Maybe I'm just lucky! I have no idea what's going on in the rest of the world's library's, though.

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  96. I love libraries. Sadly, the ones near my home aren't very nice places to be. There aren't any comfy chairs for reading. And one of them smells terrible. :(

    I'd love to go to the library pictured in your blog post.That looks like reading bliss. One of the loveliest libraries I ever went to was the Library of Congress. If you've never been, put it on your bucket list.

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  97. I love everything about libraries - the scent, the ambiance, the hushed silence, and of course, the books. We have a tiny library here in my town and I really enjoy going. I always look for the new titles because I have read nearly all the old ones. There is nothing like the feel of holding a book in my hands. I just gave my Kindle back to my son (who gifted it to me) because I never used it. Something very precious would be lost if we let books go by the wayside.
    Hope you have a good weekend, my friend. xo Karen

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  98. Why does my mind feel so safe in a library! One of my favourite places.

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  99. I love libraries.
    When I was little little, about 4 I guess, the book mobile used to come down our road. I would ride my pony and my mom would pull my sisters in the wagon and we would load up on books until next week. We'd write our name on a paper and what books we got. We were the only people on the road! Great memories.
    Cheri

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  100. I used to volunteer in a small community library. Nice experience!
    But yes, the internet is changing the usefulness of libraries. I'd like to see libraries offer ways to judge all the overwhelming information so we know what to think of it!

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  101. Mine is the biggest one in the county, though we have many smaller libraries in the small towns surrounding the city. Our governor at the time Mark Sanford tried to destroy our library system, basically dwindling it down where there would only be one library per county.

    I guess Republicans like Sanford aren't fans of the library. Free books? That's socialized reading.

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  102. I was like that with bookstores. I couldn't pass a bookstore with out going in and spending ages going through all the books, even if I'd seen them all before. I didn't spend much time in libraries except in school and then in University, but uni was for research and not the sheer enjoyment of fiction. I have to admit that I'm a kindle reader now. When they first came out I didn't think I'd convert to them, but now I prefer to read my books on them. No more carrying around epics!

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  103. Oh yes! I remember the Dewey Decimal System very well. I used to work in the college library and those were some of my happiest days. I love libraries. Libraries have changed though. I can now borrow books for my Kindle, Fire or Paper White using the computer. I don't even have to go to the library anymore. And yet... though it's more convenient this way, I do remember how I loved looking through the shelves for a book that looked interesting.

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  104. I liked going to the library as a kid, but I loved going more as a parent. It was exciting to look at all of the books through their eyes. It's sad to hear that many libraries are closing.

    Julie

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  105. I agree totally . . .
    Libraries are different today . . .
    I am not happy about the closings . . .
    I remember my very first visit to my library, my librarian, Dewey Decimal . . .
    Most of all I remember the fragrance . . .
    I love libraries . . .
    My husband and I visit libraries when we travel . . . we are fond of one in Ireland, Bantry, CO Cork . . .
    I use an iPad but seldom for reading . . . Love to hold a book . . .
    I do not want libraries todie . . . how very sad to think we would let that happen.

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  106. First thank you for visiting my blog (Writing in the Bachs) and commenting on my piece. Now, to libraries. I too absolutely love libraries, and am concerned about their future. I'm actually on the board of our county library system, and know how difficult it is to make ends meet to keep this wonderful, free resource going. And your right about the changes due to technology...in fact many people come to the library just to use the computers or the internet access. Libraries are still an important resource, and more important to people when the economy is doing poorly, which is also when their funding tends to get cut. If people want to save libraries go there, use them, check out books - electronic or "real" books, and tell your local, county and state politicians that libraries are important to you.

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  107. Oh my gosh, YES! I used to have a library near my house when I was a kid that I loved. I have clear memories of pure joy visiting it. My heart would pound with excitement, and I could hardly contain myself as I looked through the books. I can't imagine a world without them. They certainly are magical places.

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  108. Library is my favorite place and it was :)

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  109. Getting my library card is one of the very first things I do when I move somewhere new. And like you, I also found the secluded corners of the library when I was in college. My first library experience was the bookmobile!

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  110. Someone retweeted a quote by Maya Angelou this week about a library being the best candy shop a kid can get lost in. :)

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  111. Keith,
    Nel is in love with libraries, and she has a study with books in her home. I used to love to go to the library when I was a young girl. To be able to check a book out, bring it home, read it, and return it was a wonderful thing. I can just see you in the corner of the library as a little boy getting lost in the stories you were reading. For someone who loves to take pictures, that would be a great picture! There's nothing like an old hard cover book, is there? I hope libraries will always remain. It's a good place to just get away and enter another world for just a little while.

    ~Sheri

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  112. Honey, one of my dreams is to have a huge library in our house - what do you think about working towards that goal over the years? :)
    Libraries have been a HUGE part of my life. My dad introduced me to the public library in our city at a very early age. I loved books as long as I could think so my parents showed me the library in order to not have to buy all the books I was reading. I spent every free hour in there, usually took so many books home that I was told I'd never read them until I would have to give them back but I did :) Under the blanket, out in the garden, on the bus, no matter where I was the one reading. Good times! I didn't go to the library in quite some time because of the lack of time - but a good friend of mine introduced me to the one we have here and I'm so grateful for that. Not only is the library wonderfully located in a historic building, it made me re-discover my love for audiobooks and now I can "read" all the books I want in the car or wherever I get to listen. Please let us always keep our love for libraries and teach it to our children so we can help the libraries to not die out. I LOVE this post! And I love you <3

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  113. Dad used to take us kids to the library every Friday and I'd collect three books (and read them all) I went through all Enid Blyton's (British boarding school nonsense, now seen as very un pc) as well as Somerset Maughan (i love his decaying expat thing going on) and it was next door to the corner diary for a family sized bar of Cadbury's fruit and nut (choccy)

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  114. I love libraries - wrote my Master thesis in the British Museum (long time ago), an adorable place with magazines (staples of Black Mask!), and when you stepped out of the deep silence the London taxi brakes squeaked and tormented the ears. Yes - much changed now. They made of Kloster Corvey a World Cultural Heritage - it has a precious library.
    An interesting post, thank you.

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  115. I agree wholeheartedly - libraries are magical!
    I enjoy going to my local library and sitting in the far back corner, the sun shines perfectly in that spot. Outdoors I can see a garden with flowers and the clouds always float so gracefully. I find books so much more enjoyable when nesting in my corner library spot!

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  116. What a beautiful library in your photo.
    We have a lovely library in the next town over. It's a converted church. I love it.

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  117. It is sad to think that libraries could become obsolete in the future, I remember getting my first library card and take books out that I could enjoy at home. I spent hours in the library too... searching through all the shelves for a book that would grab my interest... Reading was what gave me joy as a child when the rest of my life was out of sync...

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  118. Libraries are closed by people who can afford to buy books - no matter what form the book comes in. We need to protect them and the idea of them - although in the future they may not be filled with paper books.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  119. Libraries are magical. You never know what you'll find there. Hey, I own books...it is not the same. ♡

    Thanks for a great post!
    Cherdo
    www.cherdoontheflipside.com

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  120. I need to go back to the library tomorrow. Today I finished a great book called "Once We Were Brothers," which is about a legal battle to expose a Nazi. It was quite interesting. I need to pick up something new tomorrow.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/

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  121. I don't go to the library anymore because of my Agoraphobia but back when I was they were just phasing in all the new digital ways to scan your books in and out. I think libraries are great.

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  122. We must as a human race never let libraries die out. We just mustn't! What kind of a world would we have if we do not have such organised treasure troves?!?! Please please go out and support your libraries people!! They are evolving to suit the day and age so please meet them halfway and do not consign the word library to history!

    Take care
    x

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      can you read me a little story before bedtime we love YOU!.

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  123. I remember walking to the local library as a kid.. I loved going to pick out my books to read, especially in the summer. It has been a long time since I have been inside a library. I do buy some paperbacks but I am guilty of reading books on my ipad too. Great post, Keith! Have a happy day and week ahead!

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  124. I go to a lot of events at the Edinburgh libraries, they have excellent poetry readings, discussions and other literary events, mostly free.

    I don't go to the library for books very often as I have so many books I've bought from second hand shops....

    Libraries are a vital community resource

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  125. It seems that many of us found our thirst for learning in a library. After reading your post, I remember those magical moments spent in the library when I was very young.

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  126. Libraries have always been a very special place for me too.
    I have been an avid reader from the time I was a young child. I used to beg my nanny to take me to the mobile library at least three times a week (where I lived then, we had no permanent library, as it was so far out in the countryside!).
    Like you, I would read, read and read...anything I could get my hands on!

    I rarely visit our local library now, however.
    It is all digitalised and impersonal, with very few actual books to sit and read...a sad state of affairs indeed.
    In frequent loads of second hand bookstores now...they are much more interesting.

    Oh to return to those golden days of childhood...:/

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  127. The library is so firmly cemented in my happy childhood memories. You're right though, they've changed. I take the kids, and they really like it, but not like I did. Not even close. Times they are a'changin'

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  128. Loved going to the school library. And, in the summertime, since we didn't have a local library, a bookmobile came once a week and I would walk there to browse through the books and select a stack of books to take home with me to read and then exchange for new ones the next week. What sweet pleasure in the summer under the shade tree and good times at night with a flashlight under the covers to read library books. So thankful for the library because to own books was a luxury.

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  129. Thanks for visiting my blog (a bench with a view) and your kind comments about Koda :)

    I love libraries, I do remember the Dewey Decimal system, looking up the books on those little cards, rows of card cases. Whenever we would move, first thing I would do is get a library card. I loved the thought of being able to read books for free.

    Then I started blogging, then I started doing book reviews, then the book review pepole started offering books only on ebooks, then son got a tablet that I started using to read books, and now I find that so much more convenient than going to the library. I do agree with you, a part of us will die out if libraries do die out. I don't see that happening soon, but very could be in the next 50 years or so.

    betty

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  130. Good theme...I brought my fav Russian book with me when moved...love to touch the pages...use library all the time reading both English and Russian language books. In my childhood being always busy studying piano, I couldn't wait for vacation time to surround myself with stack of books and just read for hours sitting at my balcony....Ah, nice memory!

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  131. Hi Keith! I'm home again and getting around to visit my blogging friends whom I have missed during my travels.
    Libraries always were magical places for me; but, unfortunately I lived in some really isolated places, so they weren't always accessible ~ which made the ones I was able to visit even more magical. My mother was so busy with raising five children while she was often seriously ill herself, that I had the job of finding adult books from the library for her. I grew up talking books over with my mother.
    I happened to be in Washington D.C. a few summers ago when my sister Bertie's first book was about to be published. I got myself a researcher ID so I could go into the main reading room in the Library of Congress and pull up the information on her book! What a thrill that was! I bought her a decoration for her Christmas tree made from a piece of copper from the L of C library roof which was in the process of being replaced ~ in honor of her book being published. It thrills me to this moment to think a copy of her book is preserved in the L of C!
    Take care!

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  132. What a beautiful picture to go with the post.

    I love libraries and visits as a child are burned into my brain. I went as often as someone would take me. I still visit the library at least once a month. The library is always filled with people- and they are all reading and checking out books. Of course, there are people on the computers- but really- the place is bustling with book lovers. They have created a wonderful atmosphere that keeps readers coming back. I hate to see libraries closing.
    ~Jess

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  133. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a message:) I was one of those who use to be scared to go to the Library because I did not know how to use that decimal system. Now I mostly download books to my nano but once in a while just have to go look around because I enjoy them too.

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  134. I have plenty of good memories of the library from my childhood, and I still have my original library card from when I was old enough to get one! Still use it, too, even though the signature on the back is in kid-scribble. I don't go all that often anymore, but when I do I usually head for the manga section. I buy plenty of books from thrift stores, so the last thing I need to do is rent more novels before I finish the ones I have. But manga is a totally different story! ...Now I want to go get some. Oi!

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  135. Those cries of "Yes, yes, yes!" you hear are mine. Not Meg Ryan-style, though. :-) I love libraries and I'm lucky to live in a country where there are lots of them, even if many face closure, unfortunately. It's the Tories who are leading this onslaught on our precious, local libraries.

    That was a beautiful post.

    Greetings from London.

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  136. Libraries need to stay a part of our community, even as just history. Do we not remember how much knowledge was lost when the Library of Alexandria burned?!

    I've been a bibliophile most of my life, and the library was always a safe haven of order, cleanliness, and the promise of escape to sweeter realities that made more sense, or at least offered a differing viewpoint to what I already experienced. My childhood was very sad and bad in so many ways, and books are what kept me sane, hopeful, cheerful, and dreaming. They were my only friends and sometimes more than family at times.

    In my tender, formative high school years, I still suffered from the consequences of the situations I lived through, and there was STILL dysfunction to be avoided and coped with, so books remained my alternate reality, my alternate identity… but I remember feeling that I didn't know who *I* really was a great deal of the time, what I liked or didn't or how I thought about things or how to interact with people, even. I simply stole bits and pieces of characters that I liked, their quirks and histories and thought processes, cobbled them together into a passable mask, and that is how I made my way in the world for a very long time.

    I can't make it to the library hardly at all anymore, since I'm trapped at home so often, but I borrow books from friends, especially ones with similar interests, and I of course read and re-read my stash of perennial favorites that have somehow survived several cross country trips, state to state moves, and years of living out of my car both literally and figuratively. I'd rather keep a box of books than a box of clothes, if it came down to it for space in my car. That was often the case, in fact! Hah.

    Your library experience sounds completely enthralling. Like a mixture of Madeline and A Beautiful Mind. I love it. Libraries are wonderful, but I've taken a greater love to reading at home, I think… maybe because a good book just cries out for the accompaniment of a favorite blanket and a fantastic mug of herbal tea? They tend to frown on that in libraries, to my experience ^_^

    By the way, thanks for stopping by and checking in on me :) Hopefully I'll be "sprung out" tonight or tomorrow morning. Had a good friend come visit me last night after work, and my grandparents are stopping by in a few hours, so that'll be nice. Despite being all "blech", I'm well taken care of once I leave here. Take care of yourself!! :)

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  137. I always loved going to libraries. And yes, I remember the Dewey Decimal system and the card catalogs. I thought libraries had a nice smell - a little old fashioned and nostalgic. It will be a sad day if libraries ever go away.

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  138. I love going to libraries & checking what books I will read when I was younger ~ My childhood memories is full of reading books of Nancy Drew & Hardy boys & Agatha Christie ~

    I can understand if libraries are going digital ~ We are lucky over here that we still have hard bound books ~
    For myself, I am more for e-books for convenience (no space needed) ~

    Grace

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  139. I loved the main library that was close to my home in downtown Phoenix. As for here, the libraries are horrible so I don't frequent them that often anymore.

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  140. I so agree--libraries are places of magic. They hold within their walls the pathway to a million different places. When I was a child, my Mother and I would make a weekly trip to the library. I would climb the narrow, winding stairs that led to the Children's Section, and there I would gather a tall stack of books to take home for the week. Fond memories, indeed. Mickie :)

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  141. My mom was an elementary school librarian for my whole growing up. I remember the book orders coming in during the summer months and she would let us read all the new books. My brother and I also alphabetized the card catalogs. (I think that is where my obsession with things in alphabetical order came from). We have known books are entire lives. At any one time I am reading at least 3 books. I have one book I read at work, one on the kindle app on my ipad and a regular book to read in bed if I go to bed before my husband.

    My 3YO has her own library card and she checks out book about every other week. We will go in and she will just randomly pull books off the shelf in the children's section and put them in her book bag. I love the library. The one we go to is a small branch of the Denver Public Library. I think they are doing a fabulous job of changing with the digital times. I check out books for my kindle app from the DPL.

    You would think that since my mom was a librarian I would be able to return books by their due date. Nope. $.25 more in fines and I'm cut off until I pay it! Luckily the digital books just disappear!

    Great topic!!!!

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  142. Wonderful post that took me back to the little village library that smelt of dust, books and polish. There was a section of books for the 'big children' that I was always drawn to - they had such wonderfully exciting covers, but not many pictures and huge blocks of indecipherable text! I would sometimes take one out - though I couldn't read it - and would just look at it and imagine the stories within!

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  143. I love libraries thinking about signing up to the one around the corner, as I just moved here. I love my kindle but I also love reading the proper books, man the smell of books is just amazing.

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  144. Funny that you posted about libraries. My daughter and I were talking about them not that long ago. She learned the Dewey Decimal system but sadly didn't know why it was taught. So, I schooled her on how back in the day we actually had to search through index cards to find the books. She was shocked! For me, there's nothing quite like a hardback book. It just feels more personal than a Kindle. I guess I'm just old fashioned.

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  145. Hey, you already know, that I am really really fond of libraries. It is heaven for me. I still visit the library and sink in the atmosphere even if I am reading a book in my Kindle.

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  146. I love the library, which reminds me, I haven't been to ours in a while. They have so much to offer for everyone, don't they? Yes, I remember using the Dewey Decimal System, my kids even used it when they were young. Things have come a long way, haven't they? I hope the library continues to thrive in the coming years.

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  147. Love, love, love libraries. I still remember getting my first library card when I was eight. I know libraries aren't as popular as they used to be, but as long as we teach our children to love libraries they will always stick around.

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  148. I love libraries. When I was little, my mother used to call the local library our babysitter. I could spend hours in it. Luckily, there is a branch library six blocks away from my house, and the central library is 17 blocks away, and while they do have computers for looking up books, the shelves are well-stocked with the real deal.

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  149. Ohhhh I love libraries! Not so much as a kid but as an adult I remember getting my card and I do love to visit often. I also agree how much they have changed.. A sign of the times I guess. I like technology but I also long for yesterdays simplicity so we try to achieve a balance in both.

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  150. What a beautiful post! I love libraries, book stores and books. I love the stories you shared. I got my first library card just a few years ago and felt like the whole world was suddenly a better place. I learned the Dewey Decimal System at my school library, but never had opportunities to live out beautiful stories like you told of. Thank you for sharing your memories.

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  151. Yes, sadly, libraries no longer have the same magic smell, feel, excitement or maddening but fun drawer-fulls of dewey decimal numbered cards that prompt a hunt for that one special book.

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  152. I *love* libraries so much - I worked in one in high school and was responsible for the non-fiction section. By the time I moved on, I could give you the dewey decimal for any topic or subtopic you could throw at me! :) Libraries are still one of my favorite places to go.

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  153. I've always had a love for books and libraries are indeed a house of magic. I certainly hope they will survive in the ever changing digital world. The ones around here do very well. They offer many programs for adults and children. A library is such a wondrous place may they always hold a place in our communities.

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  154. Oh gosh yes - I love libraries so much. I still use and visit my neighborhood branch frequently, and I don't think I'll ever lose the sense of peace and safety I feel when I'm surrounded by stacks of books.

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  155. I know what you mean about going digital. Several years ago, when my kids got old enough to start checking out books, I got a library card to the local branch. Wanting to look something up for myself while we were there, I asked the librarian where the card catalog was. She had to work really hard not to laugh at me. Well, poo. I hadn't been to a library since college. :P

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  156. I have my own library! I love libraries and it would be a crime if they died out. I think they won't-maybe optimistic of me but there are many still who love to open a good book, smell the pages and hold an actual book. I remember the old style to look up books and like that old style. I would be in libraries for hours and read and read. It brought my attention to film books and I read Garson Kanin's book "Tracy and Hepburn" when I was in grade 6. Libraries will not go as many people love them too much

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  157. I love libraries, too. I don't like any of the ones around me, because they don't have that "library atmosphere" in my mind. But when I was in college there was a small library in one of the buildings that I had a lot of my classes in. It was old and had a lot of wood with light filtering in through the windows and it was absolutely beautiful. I'd always go in to study and end up working on a novel. :)

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  158. I hate the thought of libraries closing. I think I will read paper books until e-books absolutely become the norm and paper books are harder to track down.

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  159. Losing libraries will be the death of an era. I never want to see books disappear...

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  160. Hi Keith,

    Yes, I do remember the Dewey Decimal System to find a book I wanted to take out. I do love visiting the library and taking out books.
    We just have a big new library that is opening soon on our Island and will have to share photos when it does.
    happy week
    Carolyn

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  161. I wasn’t interested in libraries when I was in school and also the school didn’t encourage us reading there rather book related to school subjects. I don’t have memories related to it, but I remember reading or watching pictures in library. Lol
    My reading began only about a year ago and blogging has influenced a lot in my reading attitude.

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  162. I don't think libraries will go out of fashion though! I love my Kindle, but also love libraries.

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  163. To this day, the smell of a library can make my throat close.

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  164. I love how the feel and how they smell and how they look....I would be so sad not to have them! Our little Hansford County Library is IN-TACT! Old fashioned and very quaint. It's up to date too, but we tend to hang on to those kinds of things a bit longer in rural America!

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  165. You speak my language Keith. I actually work at a library and it is a wonderful job, and the dewey decimal system is what we use for non fiction. It is still around. Libraries are not a quiet place anymore though. With the computers and cell phones it will never quite be the shhhhh place it used to be. :-)

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  166. I'm with you -- the quiet, secluded nooks of the library are the very best. I've become a beleiver in digital books, but I shall never crawl out of my quiet nooks!

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  167. So true.
    Libraries are the places that shape people. They helped me become who I am.
    I've found an eternal love in these books, there's always two three books I read in a month.

    I see you. We're on the same page when it comes to loving libraries.

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  168. There's one library downtown Helsinki that has its English fiction section on the very top. I love sitting there and reading what ever I happen to have in my handbag (or then I spontaneously grab something from a shelf there). It's the quiet, musty smelling type of library that I hope will never die no matter how digital this world goes.

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  169. This really is my dream...to have a library that looks just like the one in the photo. Every time I travel abroad, I drool over the massive, wood-paneled libraries (especially in the UK). I love that you discussed libraries here. Not many people would see that blog-worthy. Good on you!

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  170. I remember going to the library on school nights after dinner with my parents. it always felt like a special treat to come home with a pile of books to gander through at my leisure. My favorite book when I was 10 was a book my dad chose for me called Maggie Muggins. I had such fun reading about her adventures.

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  171. My library is always packed. I really love going there not only for the books, but they have fun programs for my kids to participate in too. I used to work in a bookstore, and it is always so sad to hear when another one bites the dust. I really hope the libraries stick around. There is nothing quite like the feel of a real book in your hands.

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  172. Libraries are like a playground not just for the mind, but for the soul. Libraries are awesome!

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  173. I also love libraries. They smell like books. This week the local library (which has a wonderful reading room with nice chairs and cool windows, plus wood wainscoting) received funding to open on Sunday afternoons. Yessss.

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  174. I love libraries but I HATE it when people approach me thinking I work there!! I mean seriously?? Ha! Anywho.. we have a city and county library here. The people who work at the local city one are SO RUDE! Other then that, I like libraries. They are great for kids! I honestly rather see a kid reading or on the computer at a library then making trouble on the streets any day!!

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  175. I still go to the Library. I know this sounds weird in this world of technology everything but I love to hold an actual physical book in my hand while reading. I also love the smell of books especially the older books!

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  176. Yes they are!
    My favorite library is Grinnell Library in Wappingers Falls, in Dutchess County NY. It is because my children loved to go there as toddlers and still went there while in High School.

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  177. I've been away in the mountains so I'm now catching up with you, Keith.
    Libraries are different these days. True that. They are noisier for one thing. The majority of real books that get checked out are by the sweet seniors. At our library, dvd's are the main attraction. But, we still use the Dewey decimal system! I work at the public library, so I see the changes and it is sad.
    We have four self check out machines, too. Hmm. Bet they don't do much hiring in the future!

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  178. This is beautiful, OE. I too have super fond memories of growing up in the library. I only hope my son does one day too! Our library has a reading garden and I just took him there earlier this week. He had fun dipping his hand in it. And maybe had a bit too much fun aisle running... At two, he has a lot to learn about library etiquette! ;)

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  179. When I was a kid living in Germany, my mom took me to the library on the US Army post a LOT and we would spend all day, every day there. All day, every day...I'm pretty sure I read every single book to be found in the kid's section before we moved on to the next base. Living in America, she still took me to libraries, but we didn't spend nearly the hours there that we did in Germany. So while I've clocked considerable hours at the Louisville Free Public Library, The Filson Club, and the U of L Library, to me MY libraries are the ones on the US Army bases at Aschaffenburg, Kitzingen and Wurzburg.

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  180. I may be old school but I still go to the library at least twice a week. And I come out with loads of books....for me and for my children. Libraries are totally magical and the world would be an empty place without them!

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