What do you feel like when you go to the library? Describe. I will too after I hear some of you.
It's always a religious experience. The smell of the books, the rows of shelves, the promise of imagination and knowledge. I love libraries. I've seen the Sistine Chapel. I'd rather be in a library any day.What do you feel like when you go to the library? Describe. I will too after I hear some of you.
"Ahsoka," by E.K. Johnston stands out. Also a really good bio on Alan Turing. I'm thinking about reading Grant's memoirs. It has been in my library for a time and I've not picked it up.
You prose is wonderful. I'm a fan.One particularly stressful day as a manager I drove to our little bit wonderful town library for lunch and when I cut the engine I sat there realizing that I was immediately breathing deeper, Im sure my blood pressure dropped several points and that was just in the parking lot!
The library has always been a wonderful place! Ours here has a fireplace with comfortable high backed chairs and a tile mosaic of our Northwest tribal art depicting beautifully our resident whales.
When I get in the library I’m filled with a calm excitement. I look for my favorite authors first. Does the librarian know about my author? Do they secretly adore my authors too? Do they have the body of their work and is there a new one? Then I start picking up books I’ve never seen or heard of on display leafing through cover synopsises and first chapters until I feel filled and delighted to find one that I think is really good, that makes me want to live in the character’s life.
Then I go looking for my special interests, seeing what this library has. Usually I just lay down on the floor between shelves and hug the books to me.
Growing up walking home from middle school I’d stop at my home town’s library most every day, even longer if it was raining, and I had read pretty much everything in the young adult section but there was also usually something new, or something old that I wanted to re-read and savor. How many books did I read right there? I remember my first sexual awakening actually happened through books. There I was on the library floor reading about ardent men and beautiful women and feeling tension and joy flood my body in a way it had never before.
When I was in college, I could never understand how I would have almost the entire floor of dusty fictional literature to myself. Floor 5. I would sit down on the floor right where I would find a new book. I read all of Out Of Africa in stints every day in between my science classes, I read the entire book there without ever checking it out and just savored all of Karen Blixsen’s words “I had a farm in Africa in the shadow of the Nagong valley”. Our college library had a particular good collection of foreign classics and foreign books of all sorts and also of pioneer dairies. I noticed that often I was the first person to read a book in over 100 years.
The library is a place where each book is a windows to another world. The library is like traveling to any place and through all times and into the hearts of people I never knew but that teach me— profoundly— that I am human too.
And I love this thread! Much appreciation for each experience and sentiment already written! ❤ to anyone with a kindred soul towards libraries! And also ❤ to those with other experiences too.