Wednesday, February 18, 2009

My Big "Problem"

"You have a problem," my husband says.  "...a big problem."  
Hmmmm, I'm thinking.  With two casinos practically within walking distance of my house, you're pointing out that I might have a book problem??  A problem with buying books??

And yes, I do use the library(ies).  I just like having my own lending/owning library, too.   I get very cranky and disoriented if I don't have a book/stack of books/whole case of books within reading distance.  I love looking at Dorothy Parker's face as I'm drinking my morning coffee.  

I've had this book "problem" most all of my life.  Ask my brother.  I made him play library with me when we were kids.  I taped pockets for check-out cards inside the front covers of my books and I scooted my tin bookshelf to the entrance of my bedroom for my circulation desk.  It was serious business for me.  I even made him fill out an application form for a library card, and I'm quite sure I charged him a ten cent fine when he didn't make it back down the hall to my room in a timely manner.

And I have an enormous pet peeve, that I'm pretty sure stems from my serious librarian days...I can't stand it when someone folds down the corner of a page to mark their place.  It's like fingernails on a chalkboard for me.  

The smell of Spring in the air is great.  But the smell of a new book...there's nothing like it.

7 comments:

Jame said...

Now I can see how your brother grew up so, uh, disturbed.

Wow, you were a tough librarian. You'd fit right in over here at my town branch. The kids and I went there yesterday and got more books than we could carry. Then we got cheeseburgers. Because BOOKS + FOOD = LOVE.

Don't you get anxious when you don't have something good to read? My mom and I call it being "book poor." Cold, hungry and book poor are our code red words: like, get out of the way if you don't want to be trampled!

Annied said...

Oh my gosh!!! I did that! I played library and put numbers on the ends of my books and made cards. I had people check them out. That is so cool to see someone else did that!

Annie said...

Some of my childhood books still have the pockets in them! (The tape is all crinkly and yellowed!)

Holly said...

I love books too (as you know) and while common sense says just check it out of the library, I want to own my books! As you stated so well there is no smell like that of a new book! (or a bookstore, or a library...)

Tim Haywood said...

The check's in mail for the $768.34 fine, including interest, on Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Stolen Gumby. It was checked out on May 17, 1968.
Does that mean I own the book now?

Annie said...

You absolutely do NOT own the book. There are eight people on the reserve list who will be PLENTY happy to have it back on the shelves, Mister...

Cuppa Jolie said...

Ahhh! I love a full bookshelf and a stack on the night stand (and maybe a few other places too). Tell hubby your collecting art!