Thursday, September 30, 2010

today's adventure

I got a library card today. Or as the guy behind the desk called it 'an inscription'. It was an interesting process. It started with me smiling apologetically and saying, "Sorry. I only speak English". A different librarian came over and we began. I gave him my license and some mail that proved I actually do live here even though my license is from Alberta. He then asked if Kilmeny wanted a library card. I said, 'no it's fine'. I mean, the girl does like her books but she's a little young to be let loose in a library. Her favorite activity to do with books other then look at them upside down is to chew on them. Yeah, I don't think that would go over very well. But he insisted and so my nine month old baby has a library card in her own name. She got a board book out of the deal which made me agree to it. 

After everything was signed, I was given the hours and rules. All in French. I was explained the fines and loan periods and wished a nice day. I have no idea what my library card says but it works like any other library card. Actually that's not true. I can figure out what it says. 
So then I went and perused the shelves and actually came home with some books. At first I was tempted to grab any book that had an English title but that would have made for a very heavy armful. I am excited. I can't wait to start reading again. 

The library is within walking distance, along tree-lined streets, beside houses with wrought iron spiral staircases and vibrant colored leaves. I can request books at home and jaunt down there to pick them up. It's a sweet deal. 
And that brings me to a question, what would you recommend? What books have been on your list for months? What books have inspired you? What books have shaped your life?

photo from Wellington, a piece of my heart is still there 


  1. I do love the library! Especially when I can order in books on the computer at home and then just pick them up. It also helps me keep track of what I have and when it is due.
    I was just reading Andy Russell to the kids around the campfire tonight. :)

  2. Baby's first library card is a momentous occasion! Yay for Kilmeny :) I recommend the original, AA Milne Winnie the Pooh books for her. She's too young for them, but they are tons of fun to read ;)

    If you haven't read Hinds Feet on High Places yet, that is my all-time favorite book. It paints such a beautiful picture of Christ and His love.

  3. For Secular books, I would suggest, "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant, Not for it's Spiritual insight, but for it's interesting view on the culture and daily way of life of the women of the book of Genesis. It's a fictitious account of the women of the Patriarchs and is a good read.

  4. For books for Kilmeny, we LOVE "My Many Colored Days" by Dr. Suess for it's great illustrations and the chance to make great sound effects, as well as "Hands Hands Fingers Thumb" By Al Perkins for it's beat and repetition.
    Best Books I could recommend are "Guess How much I love you" By Anita Jeram and of course "Goodnight Moon" by Margarete Wise Brown.

  5. I'm not a fan of novels... I like teaching books and biographies... so my suggestion is: "Photography and the Art of Seeing" by Freeman Patterson (he's Canadian!). Maybe your hubby has plenty of photography books, but I'm throwing this out there for consideration. It's not heavy reading. I've read quite a few photography books and I've sat in the aisle in the library to look through plenty more, but this is the only one I remember and bought to keep in my personal library (I actually put it on my Christmas wish list and my brother bought it for me!). I first discovered it in the library, so you might be able to borrow a copy, too! Minimal jargon and no nudity - tough to find in photography books! It inspired me to look at the world differently. I didn't walk away feeling like an idiot - I walked away feeling like I could make a difference simply by changing the way I look through the lens.

  6. How funny about Kilmeny's card! :-P

    I like Stepping Heavenward and Passionate Housewives Desperate for God Alone.



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