(not me, just someone who also loves summer reading, but probably does not nod off like i do)
“here is this delicious book and the whole day, both yours.”
the true pleasure or summer reading lies not so much in the novel itself, the writer hildegarde hawthorne explained in 1907, but the choice to devote oneself to it. summer reading as we now know it emerged in the u.s. in the. mid-1800s, buoyed by an emerging middle class and the birth of another cultural tradition: the summer vacation.
Art credit: Couch on the Porch, Cos Cob, Frederick Childe Hassam, 1914
thanks to artist david zinn, for his lovely sidewalk chalk ode to the library
the day has arrived at last
the library has reopened
after what seemed like such a long, long time
our community couldn’t be happier
it has been so greatly missed by so many.
‘Libraries: The medicine chest of the soul.’
—Library at Thebes, inscription over the door
i have always loved alphabets
when i was young
one of my favorite days ever
was when i could finally
decode the letters and read words
i love alphabets created out of every imaginable material, and alpha art and images of all kinds
today i tried to look up the word for someone who loves alphabets
and there was nothing to be found
the closest i could come was for someone who loves words:
What do you call a person who loves words?
A logophile is a person who loves words; a word nerd.
Because it’s not all that commonly known,
logophile is probably most commonly used by logophiles themselves.
(of which i am one)
but alas, ironically, no word for someone who loves the letters that make up every word.
“human society, the world, and the whole of mankind is to be found in the alphabet.”
“i believe in the magic of books.
i believe that during certain periods in our lives we are drawn to particular books-
whether it’s strolling down the aisles of a bookshop
with no idea whatsoever of what it is that we to want read
and suddenly finding the most perfect, most wonderfully suitable book staring us right in the face.
or a chance meeting with a stranger or friend
who recommends a book we would never ordinarily reach for.
books have the ability to find their own way into our lives. “
has this happened to you?
image credit: min heo
how sweet to find this book
sitting outside on the window ledge of a downtown store
on a sunny saturday
just waiting for someone
to pick it up and take it home to read.
gratitude to the book fairies.
“books are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. books are humanity in print.”
-barbara w. tuchman
“read to your children all of the time
novels and nursery rhymes
autobiographies, even the newspaper
it doesn’t matter; it’s quality time
because once upon a time
we grew up on stories in the voices in which they were told
we need words to hold us and the world to behold us
for us to truly know our souls.”
in honor of world nursery rhyme week
image credit: 1930s vintage etsy art
reading, listening, drifting.
“you’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”
credit: original oil painting by ColorChic, etsy
image credit: pictoral arts journal
so proud to be a member from way back
of the ‘look it up club’
i was very shy and quiet
but once i learned to read
the world opened up to me
i ‘mastered’ the encyclopedia
and never stopped looking things up.
“true merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes.”
-edward wood, 1st Earl of Halifax
a wonderful note during these challenging times, from our local library:
ann arbor district library
Today, you checked out 30,622 items from the AADL.
Last Friday, that number was 5,067.
NOW PLEASE, DON’T BRING ANY OF IT BACK!
NONE OF IT!
Seriously, please keep everything until we ask for it back.
We promise, we’ll let you know when.
More information on our system-wide closure: https://aadl.org/covidclosure
“the only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”
credits: robert mccloskly, illustrator (blueberries for sal, make way for ducklings),aadl.org