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September 17, 2014


Well said. My parents took me and my siblings to the town library every week or so and we too left with armfuls of books. The library was in a small white building in town, and the librarian who greeted us could always make a great recommendation.
Lately I've been going to the library and was reminded of how wonderful they are. I start with the book I was looking for but inevitably end up browsing and making discoveries. One book leads to another. Thank you.

Charles, this is one of your best on here yet. So important for all of us "real book" lovers to support our public libraries, get involved and give back to them. Writers like you and I had access as children to them and the gift of loving to read keeps on giving over time.

Very good piece of writing that needed to be done.

Once when I was In Catholic grade school I got caught sneaking off the playground during lunch recess. When the principal, who was about 4'8" of pure terrifying power, found out that I was headed to the public library to return books, which I had with me, she made me a special pass which I could use whenever I needed to for the remainder of my time there. After that, though I participated in the myth that she was probably Baba Yaga in disguise, she was much less terrifying to me.

You remind me of some of the best moments of my life. Independence and creativity all smushed together in one building just far enough away from home. Sneaking into the big kids section. Then into the adults section. Whoa, wave of nostalgia!

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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