Library Love.

Okay, so my husband teases me about my love affair with libraries. Recently I lost my wallet (I’ll probably find it in four months time stashed in the rice cooker, care of my two year old) and needed to replace my library card. He pondered whether I even needed a card, given my regular patronage, and if they had a frequent shopper arrangement and could upgrade me to gold-class membership.  Ha ha, very funny. So I go to the library many times a week. So I visit the public library when I am in a foreign city. So I get all gooey and full of rapture and do weird things like clasp my hands together and sigh at the sight of hundreds of books all together…. Tell me – is that so strange?

I felt vindicated this week when my friend sent me a link to this article about the 25 Most Beautiful Public Libraries in the World, posted on Flavorwire.com. I told him – See, there are lots of other people who love libraries too. He didn’t seem too convinced but gave me a sweet look that seemed to say ‘I love you, you gorgeous weirdo’. Bless him.

Flicking through the luscious photographs of all the beautiful libraries I am now dying to visit them all in person. The research library in Denmark, the surprising interior of the LA library, the National library I have never been to in Paris (how could I not have been there already? Mon Dieu!). It led me to wonder what will happen to these spaces if digital books become the norm. How they might change and whether they can all remain. The thought almost stopped my beating heart. Have you considered this? What might happen to the physical space of a library when books are becoming less and less physical? What are your thoughts? Fears? As if reading my mind another friend posted this article on her facebook page about the importance of libraries and a new book dedicated to the topic.

As for the toddler who has probably hidden my card and wallet in a “safe place”, I took her to our local library just this morning. She sat and read to the teddy bears in the children’s section and then helped me pick out books to borrow. She flicked through the pages of the latest “Charlie and Lola” in the stroller as we walked home and then selected the three books she would like read to her before nap-time. Yup, she’s showing all the signs of becoming a library nerd already…..just like her Mama 🙂

6 Comments on Library Love.

  1. Lucie
    May 22, 2012 at 4:41 am (6 years ago)

    Gorgeous Hannah. Have you been to the Old Library at Trinity College, Dublin? You would love it, so atmospheric, you can just imagine the old ghosts pulling out the books at night and flicking furiously through the pages. Very Harry Potter.
    xxx

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    • Hannah
      May 24, 2012 at 12:24 am (6 years ago)

      Hi Lucie Lou 🙂 Yes I have been there, but it was so long ago, time for another trip! Perhaps we can start up a company – library tours of the world…wouldn’t be a bad way to make a crust..!! x

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  2. Lucie
    May 22, 2012 at 4:41 am (6 years ago)

    Gorgeous Hannah. Have you been to the Old Library at Trinity College, Dublin? You would love it, so atmospheric, you can just imagine the old ghosts pulling out the books at night and flicking furiously through the pages. Very Harry Potter.
    xxx

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  3. Shelly
    January 29, 2013 at 1:59 pm (5 years ago)

    I don’t normally do this (and I’m quite sure this isn’t exactly the right spot for it), but I have to tell you I just finished “The Colour of Tea” and went directly to the catalogue of the public library for which I work to see what else we have by you. (Maybe this ‘is’ the right place for this comment after all.)What a gorgeous story, full of wonderfully complex characters with captivating stories.
    I am sad there is nothing more (yet) to read of yours, but delighted that you sound happily engaged with life!
    Thanks for a roller coaster of a read!

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    • Hannah
      February 7, 2013 at 11:27 am (5 years ago)

      Dear Shelly, So sorry for the delayed reply. Thank you so much for your comment! I love to hear from librarians! Really touched you enjoyed the book and went looking for more…. More is in the pipeline and hopefully hitting (library) shelves soon. I am working away at my local library, my favourite place to write, so that it will be in print as soon as possible. Wishing you all the very best, Hannah x

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