Modern Library

Ventana52-008before tablets

before Kindle

before Barnes & Noble and the now-defunct Borders

there were libraries

and corner bookstores

and meg ryan did not work in them but that was okay

there was no coffee, no chai, no biscotti

no wi-fi

but boys and girls could meet there and look at each other when they spoke

and touch globes and point to countries they would visit

one day

and grab a paperback and get lost in it so that they forgot all sense of time.

15 thoughts on “Modern Library”

  1. I love “old school” book stores and libraries. The feel and smell of the books was always reassuring. A secret dream of mine as a kid was to own a store that sold books and chess sets. I am not sure of why that combo. I just thought it would be neat to have a place for people who liked to read and play chess. Those two in the picture appear to be having a Romantic interlude among the globes. You can almost see the boys blush and hear his “Aw shucks”.

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  2. Your poem? I like! The only books I buy are those I can not get at the library or cookbooks I have to own. Besides giving folks an opportunity to look at other people, a library has FREE books to return after reading so they do not add clutter to your home. Plus they have awesome summer programs for kids. I heart libraries.

    Do you think this is the book mentioned lower right?

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      1. awesome, Kerbey–Free Ride and Lucifer sound like great names for a troubled child’s imaginary friends. (My imaginary friends were named Cocoa and Peanut Butter–how telling is that? Did you have any?)


      2. That is VERY telling. And yet you grew up to be not chunky. I did eat a peanut butter cup today, both of your friends. It was dark choc, though. My best friend and I were only children, so we had imaginary sisters, Janie and Susie, but I can’t recall which was which. It’s all very foggy, because as we know, that was eons ago.

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  3. The globes in the libraries were always a reason to come back. Yeah, the world maps that spun, too. Hey, you started it with the lovey dovey stuff up top.

    Yes, Liz, I heart libraries, too. My go-to for all novels for economic and storage reasons, and on principal, too.

    Now, LIz and Kerbey, about the imaginary friends, I must hip in … I had real friends! Imagine that!!

    I can’t talk Reese’s and Butterfinger with you anymore. Bah! Russell Stover no-sugar-added peanut butter cups are pretty good, though. 🙂

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    1. Understood. I buy all my books at Half Price Book Store because I don’t want to buy a book I haven’t touched with my fingers. There’s a reason they tell you not to swim in the Amazon.


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