Writer’s Log 22 (libraries)

I spent the afternoon at the Library. I went looking for a James Baldwin book of essays. They didn’t have it. But they did have other books. Lots of other books.

I don’t know if you’ve ever spoken with a librarian, but if you haven’t, you should. We talked about books, buying books, writing books, our favorite book shops, hoarding books.

How we can spend our entire lives lost between the aisles of books.

I always go through the 800s

These are essays and poetry…

The oldest books in the library.

Most have been here so long they aren’t even categorized… some books are plays or letters…some haven’t been checked out since 1970…but they are still here… in this shelter for knowledge and discovery,waiting.

It’s almost national library week

Even if it wasn’t

I would still write about how important I believe libraries are.

They make it so easy to access information…

I wouldn’t be writing if it were not for libraries…

Every Saturday my mother would pack us up and we would go to the grocery store and then to the library. It was the highlight of our week.

We didn’t have a lot of money

And this enabled me to get any book I wanted and sometimes even a movie. And when we lived too far out from a library, there was the bookmobile. A mobile library brought to our community.

When I lived on my own I started using the library again. It makes for an easy budget.

It’s free accessible information.

Libraries have always given us the ability to grow as much as we are willing no matter how we live or where we live.

Ray Bradbury used them

Neil Gaiman used them

Most likely every writer and filmmaker has been influenced in some way by a library.

They are safe havens for the curious and the afraid

The artist afraid to run for the exit but looking out the windows…

If you have never thought of it

Or always wondered about it

Or just wanted to donate

Here’s how Donate

Because everyone deserves the opportunity to access information.

I will never forget my first library card. The power and responsibility I felt.

With this card I could read any book in the building for free.

But I always found books I wasn’t looking for, like thumbing through a dictionary discovering new worlds.

I believe libraries are important

And should have sure funding.

I have a tattoo of a library stamp…to remind me to never forget to be kind or to donate to those magic librarians. They really are our very own Rupert Giles…which gives us a responsibility, doesn’t it?

The Inspirational Blogger Award

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Thank you,Kara
For nominating me for this award.
Everyone be sure to go check out her
Amazing Site.I’ve been a big fan for a while.
This is the second time I’ve been nominated for this award but the first for 2015
And
I don’t see anything against seconds
one can get more than 1 Oscar…so why not?

Rules:

Thank the blogger who nominated you
List the rules and display the award
Share seven facts about yourself
Nominate other amazing blogs and comment on their blog to let them know you nominated them

1
There’s not a lot you don’t know about me…I’m an open book.
I’m southern
Although
I don’t drive a truck
Or fish
Or hunt
My friends say I’m more like a british person but without the accent
I don’t know what that means
But here we are.
Sometimes I zone out while people are talking to me
And imagine they’re getting hit by a comet. If that helps in any way.
2
Of course I like books
And theatre…
And coffee…
I mean most of us do though,right?

3
Writing does not come easy for me
It never has
I get an idea
And I just kind of carry it around for a while and then I let it go
So in that way,it is,easy I suppose.
But only in a very “let’s climb Mount Kilimanjaro” sort of way,you know?.

4
I was homeschooled
And no,I can not speak Latin,French or any other amazingly impressive languages…or design homes and my future family…
However I may clean my glasses while talking with you…but don’t take it personally…its me,not you.

5
I am not against television
Joss Whedon is where it’s at
Vampires are meant to be slain
And Brown Coats all the way.
X-files,Star Trek. Among many more.
Also…Netflix is truly…truly …an amazing thing.
Netflix doesn’t care what you’re wearing …reserve a show
Cook something
Break out the best plates and champagne.
But I bet you already knew that
Didn’t you?.

6
I hate sports
I spent a summer playing golf
It was horrible
It’s highly overrated
And expensive
I also played baseball when I was younger
But then I fractured my hand
On the up side
I can now tell you when it’s going to rain
And be more accurate than the weather man.
Because of my weather hand.
Maybe I could make money from that?

7
I love food
Italian
Non italian
Indian
Hamburgers
Desserts
Gelato!!
Any food really
Which is unfortunate
Because I have Crohn’s disease
And that can make the food obsession
A little difficult to navigate
But I manage.
Thank you again for this nomination
I hope you all keep writing
And reading
And we all continue to make
Good Art
What else is there?