It’s just got me kind of wild, being turned loose amongst so many books.~Cid Ricketts Sumner, Tammy Out of Time, 1958
My youngest children and I ventured inside our local library together for the first time since the beginning of 2020. We’ve been relying on online reserves and masked drive-through window pick-ups (and to be honest, some Little Free Library finds and the occasional online purchase) since March last year. Walking through the automatic doors, filling the blue baskets with books we visually and physically chose, just venturing among the stacks was satisfying and quite an emotional experience.
It was a heavy load we carried home, but it was worth the arm workout. The best of the collective lot so far has been:
Bookworm Boy says Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate was an excellent book “about a kid who immigrates from Africa, learns how to adapt to a new life and make new friends, and found parts of America that reminded him of home.”
Today, Bookworm Girl finished Tiffany Park’s Midnight in the Piazza. She says she “loved that it was a mystery, set in Rome, and the realistic and historical elements” of the novel kept her interest.
The Littlest Bookworm is beginning to read independently. He enjoyed The Berenstain Bears Play Football! because “football is one of my favorite sports and I could read most of the words by myself.”
This time around, I indulged in the delicious wit and touching elements of Miss Cecily’s Recipes for Exceptional Ladies by Vicky Zimmerman.
What are you reading this summer? Have you visited your local library lately?
I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.
— Jorge Luis Borges