Wednesday, September 1, 2010

"I am proud of what I am." "And what is that?" "I... am a librarian. "*

I love to read books. I honestly can't imagine one day where I would make the switch over to a Kindle, Nook, iPad, or other electronic reading implement. Now I know I said that at one point about the iPod, and now I have four of them, but that is besides the point. Books are not only for reading; (ideally) they have soft leather covers and aging paper pages just made for touching and smelling and writing yourself little notes in the margins. There is something wonderful about owning a first edition of a book you love or buying a book in a used bookstore that is over a hundred years old and thinking about the person who owned it before you.

That being said, I have a confession to make. I am afraid of libraries. I love the concept of the library, and, truth be told, I did like to go to the library in my hometown. Things changed once I got to college. I did spend *some* time in my college library (don't start laughing, college friends, I DID!), doing my reading for history in a comfy chair in a nook under the stairs. But I found the stacks intimidating. I got a little lost down there once and was reluctant to spend any more time in them than necessary. Skip to the Boston Public Library, which is just HUGE. I went there for a reading once, and I got a library card that day, but have I been back to use it? NOPE. (Read that last word with the "P" popped loudly.)

This is bad on me, especially since I have friends who are librarians or studying to be librarians. My aunt on the Cape was once a librarian. Rachel Weisz played an action librarian in The Mummy. Librarians are lovely people; they also love books. One of my goals this year is to go to the BPL downtown and go past the front room into the stacks. I just need someone to go with me the first time.

Here is a really funny PSA supporting libraries on YouTube, starring the Old Spice Guy.

*From The Mummy
Evelyn: Look, I... I may not be an explorer, or an adventurer, or a treasure-seeker, or a gunfighter, Mr. O'Connell, but I am proud of what I am.
Rick: And what is that?
Evelyn: I... am a librarian.


  1. i'd be very happy to go w/you to the BPL! Name the time. In fact, there's an exhibit right now at the main branch of old travel posters that I want to go see.

    Of late, I've been using the library lots by putting in hold requests and then just going to my branch and collecting whatever book it is that I wanted. Painless. It's incredibly handy - for book club selections, especially!

  2. One aspect of your library card that is NOT TO BE OVERLOOKED is the Minuteman Library Network - you can log into the library website, browse books from all the libraries from nearby towns, and then have them sent to the BPL for easy and convenient pick-up at the desk. You'll even get an email notification when it arrives.

  3. Did I ever send you a copy of the paper I did on library anxiety? It's a real thing!!!



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