Rain and libraries

Okay, the weather is decidedly odd. But I refuse to jump to apocalyptic conclusions. Instead, I’ve been noodling around the web. I discovered several wonderful British blogs about books, including Harriet Devine’s blog.  This led me to discover an online article about Patrick Hamilton, a previously-unknown-to-me British author. I’ve reserved two of his books.

I am a total library addict; can’t bear to pass by one without going in and browsing and taking something out. It’s sort of like dating. No commitment—you’re just borrowing a book. Then I buy the ones I want to keep, especially the best contemporary authors who need me to buy their books (like Julie Orringer and Louis B. Jones) so they can keep writing. I have two credit cards, but six active library cards—a good ratio:

And now that I can reserve books online, I have a continual stream of good books available at any one time. The more scholarly ones and obscure poets I get from UC; cookbooks, how-to, and general fiction from whichever public library near me has what I want.

And fittingly for a library addict, I stumbled across this terrific set of WWII “Save the Library” posters logged by Phil Bradley on flickr.  Just click on the poster to see the whole set:

Phil Bradley has an article about librarianship on his blog, in which he quotes another an article from Seth’s blog (the internet is the ultimate labyrinth!):

“We need librarians more than we ever did… For the right librarian, this is the chance of a lifetime.”

Hear, hear!

p.s. The peas love the rain; the chickens do not!

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