Checkout, Read, Return, and Repeat
For those of you not old enough to remember the old cards used to check out books from the library, here's what they looked like:
Thinking back on this library memory has made me ponder the value of repetition as it relates to reading. Growing up, I read many of my favorite books over and over again. Then later when I became a teacher, I had the opportunity to read many of those same books, and many new ones, over and over again several more times. Finally when I began my endeavor to write children's books, I read some of those same books yet again as examples of excellent writing and storytelling. All of that repetition gave me such a strong foundation of what "story" really is.
There is always something somewhat magical for me about a book I fall in love with, but when we become so familiar with a story by reading it again and again, I almost feel as if that magic becomes, not just something we experience and enjoy while reading, but it actually becomes part of us. So, though we don't have the old-fashioned checkout cards as a record of all those magical books that have seeped into our souls, hopefully this blog post will give you a reason to remember all those books that you have enjoyed over and over again throughout your life. And when you do, maybe you will want to take a few minutes to think about how those stories are now a big part of who you are.
Happy Reading and Repeating,
I still use the Sea! With students at the check out desk, a LOT of items don't get checked out on the computer or get checked out to other patrons. Then there's accountability; when students say " I never checked that book out!" I can confirm that they did!ReplyDelete
Ah yes, the checks and balances. :) Thanks for your comment!Delete
Nancy J. Cavanaugh
I agree with the statement about the joy of seeing your name signed over and over again on a favorite book. The flimsy slip of paper (receipt) that comes with my library check out just isn't the same. Sigh!ReplyDelete
Whenever I'm sad, I go to my bookshelf and take down some book that I've read dozens of times - a Betsy-Tacy book by Maud Hart Lovelace, a Shoes book by Noel Streatfeild. And I'm happiest of all if I can read one of these childhood favorites in an actual discarded library-bound book, with one of those cards in the back, rather than reissued paperback. So: yes, yes, yes, Nancy!ReplyDelete
I love EVERYthing about this post, and yes, I do remember the cards :) Thanks for tweeting this, Darlene!ReplyDelete
I TOTALLY remember those!ReplyDelete