February 18, 2009

Theme Thursday - Library


My dad was a librarian so the word Library was probably one of the first words I knew how to say, recognize and spell.

Dad was the librarian at our small town’s Public Library. From a Dickensian upbringing in war-time England, he eventually found himself in rural Ontario, first running the Public Library from the basement of the Town Hall, then championing for a new library to be built and finally heading a library system tending to the needs of 75 district libraries and drop-off centres and 20 schools.

It was in school around 1970 when all films borrowed from the library came with a song, “It’s the latest, it’s the greatest, it’s the library.” and a 30 second clip of the library my dad fought to have built, complete with an action shot of Dad date-stamping books. Kids in the classroom would shout, “Hey, Hazel, it’s your Da-ad!”

When my mum was working, the library was sort of my afterschool babysitter. When I was about 10 I vowed to read all the Juvenile Fiction. I know I read all the Laura Ingalls Wilder, but I don’t think I went around the room alphabetically.

Fast forward 25 years and I found myself living with a man who is the Anti-Library. Whereas my dad would rarely buy a book – why would he, my spouse never uses the library. A real proponent of used bookstores he would rather buy a book and keep it. Forever. When we last counted we had 1,650 books. So I'm still surrounded by books.

Maybe in this age of belt-tightening libraries will experience a renaissance. Dad would have liked that.

6 comments:

willow said...

I don't think your dad would mind that you have your own personal library! ;^)

Candie Bracci said...

Very pleased to have foung your blog.Beautiful.
:)

runmotman said...

I think i would rather borrow a book than buy it and have it take up space... but i do have a collection of books that i have liked enough to buy, or have been gifts. As i get older, i too find less time to read...tv and computer and napping seem to interfere.

Mrsupole said...

1,650 books, that is sooooo many more books than I own. And my husband and children complain about all of my books. I have given boxes and boxes away. But your husband makes it seems like I hardly own any. Pretty soon you could open a used bookstore.

But that is so great. To be surrounded by so many books would be pure bliss.

God Bless.

lettuce said...

how great to grow up with and in a library like that!

molly said...

you're so lucky to have that deep connection to the library. i've written about my love for libraries a couple times now... our local is currently under construction, which is killing me! luckily, as a teacher, i've gotten lots of book store gift certificates recently!
(and counting all your books...i think we'd be afraid to do that!)