I have a thing when it comes to libraries…thanks to my mom. She gave me both a love for them and a germ phobia over the books inside of them. She would always walk us to the park…beautiful Woodland Park…which was just a few blocks away from our house…where the Bookmobile was…every other week during the summer. I would happily check out as many books as I could but I wasn’t allowed to read them until my mom disinfected them with soap and a damp cloth! Once they were to my mom’ s liking…they were all mine! We did this every two weeks all summer long. My mom would situate me on our big screened in front porch with iced tea and windmill cookies and I would happily read my summer afternoons away. Those were the days! Then when my mom trusted me to be three blocks away from our house without her…I would ride my bike…my grand Pink Lady…to the park with either the McGeary girls or Karen Ramsay…and we would get our books and camp out in each other’s yards and read…but of course only after all my books had been officially degermed by my mom.
So…libraries…I don’t actually go to them but I love getting ebooks from them that I can’t get from NetGalley or Edelweiss or books that I just discovered too late to get from a publisher. In my head these books are to be read for pleasure and without any kind of review.
Anyway…I recently discovered The Carnegie Library Of Pittsburgh. Anyone who lives in Pennsylvania can get a free card to this library but you have to visit one of the branches. It’s on my way to my sister’s house so it’s my plan to visit it soon. I want that card. While talking to them yesterday I found out about another great library…The Free Library Of Philadelphia. So I joined that yesterday! It is also a great source for books that are sometimes difficult to get! This library is in the bottom photo. It seems as though users can recommend books to them, too, and they don’t mind acquiring them. I now have cards to five libraries. Some charge a fee which I do not mind paying at all. Any fee just helps support that library. I love libraries but I don’t like going to them…I can never look at a real library book without thinking of library book germs. Sigh!
Books! I seem to be reading second books in series this week.
I finished this…
I am still reading this…
I read the first one and am now reading the second one.
I read and loved the first one, totally missed the second one and NetGalley just sent me the third one so now I need to read the middle one!
New books this week…The Book Of Dreams came from NetGalley, the others are from Edelweiss and The Book Of Delights is a real book from Algonquin. I don’t normally read essays but this one looks interesting and I can pick it up and put it down when I feel like it!
So…that’s my story and those are my books! Whoopsie…I just remembered that the reason my mom didn’t trust us to go to the bookmobile alone was because of a street in the middle of town…Ohio Avenue. It was the busiest street in town and the speed on that street was 25 mph. Usually one police car would always hide on a sidestreet to catch “speeders”…my mom always worried about that street!