By now you know that I think the most important institution in a community is its local library. Today was a very special day for me…after getting my driver’s license yesterday, I went today to get my very important library card. I consider it one of the most important cards in my purse.
I have always been in love with libraries. “My library” has a small bookshop that has a great offering of used books. The books are in super condition. Magazines, and all kinds of book related items grace the shelves. Hardbacks go for $2.50 and magazines for $0.50. I found a treasure!! I purchased 18 magazines about my community. The covers are a piece of art and I have been looking for this magazine in the local stands, but no luck. So imagine when I saw recent and past issues of this magazine at that price. I made out like a bandit. So, so happy. Still I cannot believe my luck. I also purchased “The Synonym Finder” book that should help me when I am trying to communicate with all of you. Hopefully.
This was taken a few years ago when I was visiting with my lovely daughter in Washington D.C. That’s the Library of Congress. You know how emotional I get. I was in total awe and for a moment I was a citizen of the Utopian Society of Book Lovers. I am creating that group right now. To be a member, all you have to do is love books. The People’s Library, as the tour guide called it, has so much to offer, but it is extremely difficult to take advantage of its offerings. I am just mentioning it. Their Rare Book Collection can be visited, but you have to make an appointment first. I did not have the time. One of the things listed in my bucket list. I should get another more sophisticated name for that list. Bucket sounds kind of low life. Sorry, bucketers out there.
So…it was today, 25 August, 2011…a day of visiting my very important local library…and being in book paradise. I shall return next Monday…maybe I will have a name for that list, or not.
To all of you that will be exposed to Irene’s path, I send my best wishes for safety and well-being.
Your Happy Contessa
“Classic – a book which people praise and don’t read.” Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), American author and humorist. 30 November, 1835 – 21 April, 1910.