Memories of the library

I love to read, and as a kid I loved going to my school library.

I came across this little bookstore in Monterey CA.

Bookstore in Monterey, CA by, B.Stout

Bookstore in Monterey, CA

When I stepped in the door, I was immediately taken back in time to the days I spent as a child perusing my school library. From that very distinct smell of the books, to the sight of those nifty little round step stools!

For some reason, I always thought those step stools were so very clever and cool!  I’m not sure why I thought they were so cool, but I just did.

Simple pleasures, I guess.

Back then, I could, (and would), sit and read for hours!

Getting lost in the stories, dreaming of my own adventures. I would always check out the maximum number of books that was allowed at each visit, and I never shied away from the books with lots of pages.  Sometimes, I would even try to find the books with the most pages in them!

I lived vicariously through Laura Ingalls Wilder in the Little House on the Prairie books. My imagination soared when I read all of the Oz books, beginning with the Wizard of Oz. And I was fascinated by the adventures of the little girl in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

These are just a few of the books that were stand-outs to me as a kid. Books I still think about today, and might even go back and re-read….some day.

Maybe, but…there are so many other books to read!

My eyes just won’t stay open for as long as they used to when I was a kid, so it takes just a little bit longer to get through a book!

But I still enjoy it, and strangely enough, I still look for the really long books to read.

So many books, just not enough time!

Or is it more like, so many books…just can’t keep my eyes open!


14 thoughts on “Memories of the library

  1. refinedrandomness says:

    Ohh, just love the smell of new books….we think alike…I loved libraries when a kid too !! I love how you remember……….so many books cant keep my eyes open” !

    • Becky says:

      Crazy how those things can bring back such good memories huh?
      I didn’t realize there are so many people who enjoy going to a library, but I’m finding out there are a whole lot of us out there!

  2. What a great idea for a post, I loved the library as a kid and still visit at least once a week now! In fact the Little House on the Prairie an Oz books were some of my favorites too. 🙂

    • Becky says:

      Thank you, and aren’t those books great? Just thinking about them makes me want to read them all over again. I don’t go to the library anymore – just browse the internet, but here lately, I’ve been thinking I might want to step back through those doors, and let myself get lost in the wonderful world of books 🙂
      I’m not sure why I stopped going, but it hasn’t stopped me from reading!

  3. Enjoyed this post.

    • Becky says:

      Thank you very much! I enjoyed writing it and remembering all those carefree days of reading for hours during the summer. My favorite time of the year as a kid because I could read all day long if I wanted too!

  4. dogear6 says:

    I love to read and can browse for books all day long.

    I need to redo and expand this blog entry about my books!


    • Becky says:

      I went back and read your post – and I had forgotten all about the Scholastic Reader pamphlets! I loved those things. I couldn’t order all of the books, (couldn’t afford it) but oh, I would have loved it if I could! Your library is amazing! Reading is amazing! Thank you for sharing your story with me.

  5. Love books! They are some of my best friends! I used to live in Salinas, California. I may have actually been in that library at some point! Loved Monterey.

    • Becky says:

      Ahhh, you lived in a beautiful part of the world, that’s for sure!
      Never thought of comparing a book to a friend, but I can certainly see how that could be done. Especially one of those really good books that keep your interest until the very end, and make you so sad when it is over. Then it almost feels as though you have lost something in your life…like losing a friend. Yep, I get it. Books are like friends 🙂

  6. gita4elamats says:

    I could live in libraries and book stores! 🙂

  7. Jessie says:

    Those step stool are cool, I’m not sure why either, they just are…
    Some days my problem is so many books… so many blogs… not enough hours in the night!

    • Becky says:

      So, I’m not the only one who thinks those were cool! Now that just makes me smile 🙂 I’m finding more and more that I have the same problem as you. Between the blogs and the books, yikes, there just isn’t enough time! That, and…I keep falling asleep.

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