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February 15, 2017


Ellie Enos

If you move frequently, make friends with the librarians as soon as you get settled. Usually, I would have a card for the town library and the base library. It was the best of both worlds. My husband was stationed at Hickham AFB, Hawaii the first time I left Nevada. I also had a card for the Pearl City, Library. One of the Oahu libraries owned patterns for antique Hawaiian quilts. They allowed patrons to copy them once a year.

My daughter was 4 when we moved to Alaska. Once a month, we would go to Fairbanks to check out books from the Noel Wien Library in the North Star Borough. She discovered Amelia Bedelia, The Worst Witch, and the Dorrie the Little Witch stories. My husband loved the special programs like the NASA slides and talks.

When we retired to Fallon, the local Churchill County librarians made sure that I was notified when all my favorite authors were coming out with a new book. Jeeks would actually put me on the reservation list. Libraries rock!

I feel you pain a lending a book only to never get it returned! The Chinese Cookbook by Craig Claiborne and Virginia Lee had my recipe for Char Sui Bao.

Marcia Talley

Absolutely, Ellie. Step one at a new duty station was registering for school UGH! Step two, the library card. I've been to the library at Hickham!

Elaine Viets

LIbraries have always been my refuge, especially when I was growing up and the oldest of four kids. I loved the librarians who'd let me read books way above my reading level. I wish I could go back and thank those dedicated women who really cared about their patrons. Now I have to read "Door into Summer." It sounds fascinating.

catriona mcpherson

Ooooh - that's anew one for me and I do love a spot of time-travel. Thanks, Marcia.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Oh, so interesting… I have not read this! Off to find it, it sounds so fabulous! Yes, time travel… It is always such a juggle, right? To make it work both ways?

Storyteller Mary

Libraries have been and continue to be my refuge. I could not imagine the cost if I had to support my polyamorous book habit with my own funds alone.
I will be borrowing DOOR INTO SUMMER, which is only there as audio from Hoopla, so I may have to buy the book. It's a rare event, and when I'm feeling generous, I donate them to complete the library's series of books.
They do have DARK PASSAGE, though ;-)

Marcia Talley

Mary, if they have DARK PASSAGE, they are aces in my book!

Bill Crider

I love the cat, and I love the idea of how it's looking for the door into summer. I read everything by Heinlein I could find when I was a kid, and I've reread a good bit of it in later years. But there are parts of that book that seemed a little creepy to me the last time I reread it.


I agree with Mr. Crider that the love story is borderline creepy. But that's my 2017 self. My 1960 self LOVED this book. I'm going to go and find a Kindle copy and re-read it. And while I'm at it, Have Spacesuit, Will Travel.

Ellie Enos

Elaine, I had the same experience with my small town library. They let me check out adult books when I was under 12. I always loved mysteries. My first authors were Earle Stanley Gardener, Agatha Christie, and Rex Stout. Books expand your horizons as well as entertain. I'm glad that reading prepared me (somewhat) for leaving my small rural Western town for the tropics, Taiwan, New Jersey, Alaska, Louisiana, Arizona, Texas.

Donna M Williams More

Wanda the Wonder Librarian was my superhero. She guided me through the adult section of the library when I first graduated from the children's section. She always found me books I liked and could understand, some that were easy, some that stretched me, some that took me off my beaten path. When we were finished checking out she would stamp the last book card with a flourish and say Voila! Only adult I called by her first name and we had this conspiracy thing going. The two of us against the world that wanted me to read books from some list appropriate to my age. [My parents were fine with this and encouraged it.] I do think I was special to her - a librarian must find some joy in the discovery of a voracious reader to steer down the path. I've called her the Wonder Librarian since we first met and now I can't even remember what her last name actually was.

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