Tuesday, November 1, 2016

"When I got my library card..." by Mrs. Schwinden



Frequent readers of this blog have probably picked up on a common theme...our love of libraries! My first introduction to libraries was through the Boston Public Library Bookmobile, which visited my elementary school once a week.
Sadly, our building didn't have a library, so the bookmobile would arrive each Monday and classes would file through to check out books. It was a great system! Students would enter through the front door, browse the bookshelves on either side of a narrow aisle, stop at the checkout desk and exit through the door at the end. I was especially lucky because the bookmobile also visited my city neighborhood each Thursday. That gave me a chance to return the Monday books and get something good to read for the weekend!

The bookmobile of my childhood
I was reminded of those happy bookmobile visits recently while sharing  Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile 
(Houston), a wonderful story about a librarian without a "proper library." Along with some friends, she takes matters into her own hands and drives a bookmobile around the county, delivering books in rural areas to those who need them. Similar books that we have read and enjoyed in the library include: Library Lion (Knudson) about a lion's visit to the library and the problems that ensue; Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carol Moore Created Libraries for Children (Pinborough), the true story of the woman who created the Children's Room at the New York Public Library; Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt's Treasured Books (Abouraya), the inspiring true story of the human chain of demonstrators that surrounded the Great Library of Alexandria to protect the building during the turmoil of January, 2011; and The Librarian of Basra: A True Story From Iraq (Winter), about a librarian's struggle to save her country's priceless books. All of these are available for checkout in the RES library.  For a list of other books that will remind you of the "many reasons our libraries are special places," visit Reading Rockets,  Favorite stories about libraries and librarians. For adult readers, visit BookPage, 15 of our favorite books about libraries and librarians.

Bring us home!
No blog post about libraries would be complete without a shout out to the magnificent New York Public Library, which is celebrating the reopening of the Rose Main Reading Room. Watch 52,000 books be reshelved in 2 minutes: Time Lapse Reshelving

Do you have any special bookmobile memories or favorite books about libraries? Please share in the comment section below.

Next week: A post from Mrs. Twombly




10 comments:

  1. My six year old (and even the ten year old, although he won't admit it) loves Bats at the Library. We often wish we could have a night among all the wonderful stories!

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    1. Thank you for your comment! A library sleepover does sound wonderful!

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  2. When I was in grammar school I also visited the BPL Bookmobile every week, and every week I borrowed the same book, "Broomtail", a book about a wild pony, by Miriam E. Mason. Then each week, my big sister (aka Mrs. Schwinden), would lead me back inside to pick out a second book - because she wanted me to have a chance to read EVERY book. She was born to her work! Every child should be so fortunate to have such a person in their life. :)

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    1. And that second book was always about a horse! We have many horse lovers in our school and they are always looking for recommendations. Do you have any favorite titles? Thanks for the comment!

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    2. And...some things never change... I recently completed, "The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis", by Elizabeth Letts. It is beautiful, heartbreaking and hopeful. For the young readers, although (in my humble opinion), no book rivals, "Broomtail", perhaps some of the following titles might be of interest. "My Pony", by Susan Jeffers; "The Girl Who Loved Horses", by Paul Goble; "Fritz and the Beautiful Horses", by Jan Brett; "The Sand Horse", by Ann Turnbull; "Knots on a Counting Rope", by Bill Martin, Jr., and John Archambault; "Justin Morgan had a Horse", by Marguerite Henry and for the young adult readers, "War Horse", by Michael Morpurgo. I hope some of these are helpful. Enjoy!

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    3. Thank you for these great recommendations! Many of these titles are in the RES library!

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  3. My teenager is discovering libraries all over again. Each Sunday, my husband has begun showing our 15 year old different college and city libraries. Last week, they did their homework at the B.C library. It is a great way to expose teens to what library life looks like in college;)

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    1. Thank you for your comment! What a wonderful idea. We are certainly fortunate to have so many college libraries in our area. I spent many happy hours studying in the beautiful Bapst library at BC; that's the "old" library now!

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  4. I spent many years on the third floor of the Thompson Library at Ohio State reading journals, writing papers, and enjoying recreational books. My favorite part of visiting the library is interacting with the librarians and hearing their recommendations. Many of my favorite books were recommended by librarians and probably not books I would've selected on my own!

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    1. Thank you for your comment! Yes, librarians are usually full of recommendations!

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