Some of my earliest memories of books have less to do with books than the place where they lived. The Mobile Municipal Library, Springhill branch, was the holder of my dreams. My mother drove me, and my younger brother, most Saturday mornings to exchange old books for new.
In the summer, you’d push through the thick glass doors and be greeted by a blast of icy cold air conditioning. When your skin adjusted to the prickle, the smell would hit your senses. To me it smelled like far-off places and horses. It smelled like Laura Ingall’s prairie and Walter Farley’s sands of Arabia. People probably walked by me and said things like “Ah, what an odd little girl with her nose in the air.” Or probably not. They were, most likely, recognizing a kindred spirit.
In the center of the main room were good old-fashioned card catalogs (I had a pre computer childhood), to the left were the circulation desks, somewhere beyond all that were magazines and nonfiction and adult novels, but the room to the right. That was the mecca. The children’s library.
I’m sad to say I don’t remember my exact librarians. In my mind, they are amorphous adult-like forms who were kind and treated me with the respect of a reader. I remember hands passing me a stack of books with my library (MY LIBRARY CARD!) card across a counter. I remember following a skirted form through tall aisles and a hand more vertical than my own, reaching up to pull something down. I remember smiles. And shusshing.
There’ve been school libraries, college libraries, libraries in different towns where I’ve lived, now there are the libraries in the school system I work and I finally can say “I know the librarian’s name.”
In that spirit, of wanting to shine a light on these women and men who have made their passion for the written word their career, to let them stand in a few minutes of author blog glory (laughs), I’ve decided to start a weekly interview series.
AND I’M CALLING IT “THE KEEPER OF WONDER SERIES!”
AND I AM SO EXCITED.
Because, you see, the interviews I’ve received so far are fantastic, interesting, funny. The gracious women (come on guys!) who agreed to play along, know their books and they’re telling us what they recommend, what gets checked out, and what they’d wish for in their own personal collection. It’s going to be fun.
NOW YOU’RE EXCITED, TOO. I CAN TELL!
So in honor of this series, the first will be next Monday, with the awesome Karen Jensen, @TLT16 on Twitter, one week and a day, I’m giving away T-shirts!!
(Some of you may or may not know that I teach art. I do a silkscreen unit and every so often I get my own wild hair to make shirts. This logo was inspired by fellow 2014 debut author, Mary Elizabeth Summers, who tweeted that she needed a shirt that said Twitter Is My Jam. I was all over that.)
|T-shirt is a true black, flash faded it out.|
So, it’s easy to fill out the rafflecopter below, but MAKE SURE YOU DO IT FOR YOUR SIZE SHIRT! There are 4 forms. One for S, M, L, XL. They are roomy, so for you tiny people the small may feel REALLY BIG. But hey, if you win, it’s free, right? The shirts are made by Anvil and are a substantial pre-washed 100% cotton, boxy, scoop neck style. Black with Twitter blue printing ink. And people, they are home-made. By me. So any tiny ink flaws are entirely my own fault.
So that’s it! I hope you’re as excited as I am. And if you have any librarian friends, please send them my way! I already have interviews scheduled out into September, but they’re so great, we’re going to want to keep this going.
Mwah! Librarians! For The Win!
*back flips off the page*