This week was a little different. I took Natalie to a different library, this one closer to their preschool. A carpeted, stepped storytelling room gave my 2yo plenty of room to run. A mentally handicapped volunteer kept bringing her books and making us laugh. He was so sweet! Point: it was a wonderful experience.
Then something extra special happened. Something unusual. Something very out of the ordinary.
My day usually consists of lots of doing, doing, doing for the kids. Not much for myself (hence the lack of blogging and commenting recently). But on this particular trip to the library, I decided to look for some books for myself.
|Not my library :)|
What?! you ask incredulously. You took time away from your daughter's education and betterment to find reading material for YOURSELF?
Well, yes I did.
And I found two new authors that I'm currently racing through! They are writers of whom I had heard, but never read. The Gordian Knot by Bernhard Schlink (author of book on which Oscar-winning movie The Reader is based) and Take One Candle Light a Room by Susan Straight (who might be the best writer I've ever read...ever).
I finished The Gordian Knot in two days (quite a feat when you have kids) and am half-way through Straight's magnificent book.
The short of it? I turned my eyes and found two gems. I had heard how great libraries are for authors, but had never experienced the magic for myself. This is the same library that sponsored the author night on which I met Elizabeth Spann Craig and heard her speak about her Riley Adams series. And the impact of librarians was lauded at the Killer Nashville conference I attended in 2009.
Libraries are powerhouses. What have you found at a library that made an impact in your reading life? How about as an author?