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Library meme.

1. How old were you when you got your first library card?
I was 9. The place I lived before that didn't have a library, we had to get all our books @ school.

2. What's the first book you can remember reading from a library?
Probably something by Beverly Cleary. I was/am a huge fan. For some reason, I'm thinking it was Ellen Tebbits. I remember the cover: not the cutesy cartoon covers they have now, but the old school covers with art by Louis Darling.

I googled. This was the cover:

I always loved the cover of Cleary's books because of the art. I probably have a stack of them stashed somewhere @ my mom's house.

3. Did you ever participate in a summer reading program or other kids' event at a library growing up?
No, our library didn't start kids' programs until I was too old for them.

4. Do you remember when card catalogues weren't computerized?
Heck yes!

5. When was the last time you went to the library?
Over a year ago. I've bought so many books & they're just sitting there in a pile, waiting on me. It'd be silly to go to the library @ this point in time.

6. How many books do you usually check out of the library at one time?
Three. Our library has a ~strict rule~ that you're only allowed 3 @ a time.

7. Name one great author you've discovered at your library.
I don't know that I've ever discovered an author @ the library. I've usually heard of the books/authors beforehand & go there with certain books in mind that I'd like to check out.

8. What was the librarian at your elementary school like?
OMG she was a horror!!! Her name was Vera Dalton, she was British, really old, cranky, and smelled like the floor of a bar. If you didn't pick out a book within the first 10-15 minutes of library time, she'd pick one out for you. In the third grade, our reading class did a play & I had to play her. It involved throwing a shoe at a boy's head. Very fitting...

9. How many times a year do you go to the library?
Now, maybe once a year, if I need to look up something in the newspaper archives. When I don't have stacks of my own books to read, I go every other week.

10. If you could change on thing about your library, what would it be and why?
I live in a really small town, so there's not much of a budget. And the books they spend their money on…don't get me started. Lots of serial Westerns, Christian fiction & books usually classified as "beach reads" or "guilty pleasures". They're heavy on the Jackie Collins, but I once couldn't find an Edith Wharton book in the whole damn place! (They told me that the "older books" are taken out of circulation & stored in the basement because "no one reads the old ones anymore". Well, DUH, how can they when they're in the basement?!? And it's not like they're hurting for space or anything.)

Why, yes, I can find any excuse to use a Drake gif lololol.

So, flist, what books did you like as a kid? Any traumatic stories about reading Are You There God, It's Me Margaret in the 2nd grade & being SCARRED FOR LIFE? Just me then.???? Carry on…



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Sep. 10th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
I totally remember Ellen Tebbits!!!
okay so I don't actually remember anything ABOUT it, but the cover is familar and I def. read it!

My first 'chapter' book was Superfudge and I felt so bad ass for finishing it on my own because I'm dyslexic.

I'm totally snagging this meme!
Sep. 10th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
The only things I remember other than the cover, was that Ellen was embarrassed because she had to wear long underwear in ballet class & her nemesis was named Otis Spofford lol.

The Superfudge books are so much fun. And I don't blame you for feeling badass, that's awesome!
Sep. 12th, 2010 03:55 am (UTC)
YES! I remember that!
I totally do!
Is it lame or cool that I seriously want to reserve all those old school books and read them again?
Sep. 12th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
Not lame @ all! My Amazon Wish List has a ton of old Beverly Cleary & Judy Blume books on it ;)
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Sep. 10th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
I loved AYTG when I read it @ 11 or 12. At 8, it was quite a different story! (My grandma bought if for me because it had "God" in the title, so she thought it was a religious book lol. Bless her.)
Sep. 10th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
I remember being obsessed with a book called Three Little Witches and the Blue-Eyed Frog when I was in first or second grade. I tried to google it but there's almost nothing available on it now!
But I was also a huge Babysitters Club fan. :D
Sep. 10th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
That book title (for some reason) reminds me of a book called Flagon the Dragon...I used to have to read it to my brother every night.

I loved the Babysitters Club, too!! And the Sweet Valley Twins/High. And there was a series about cheerleaders (very G-rated teenagers lol). Now I have to go google all this ;)
Sep. 11th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
I loved Beverly Cleary too! My favorite were the Babysitter's Club though. I went through those like water!

Judy Blume was my absolute favorite though. I don't have any traumatizing Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret experiences, but my friend brought a copy of Forever to school and we were looking at it at lunch and it was confiscated! Good times.

I think I'm going to have to steal this meme because it is AWESOME!
Sep. 11th, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
I'm so happy to find other Beverly Cleary fans. The kids I'm around have never even heard of her. Maybe I should dig out my old books & start loaning them out.

We used to live in ~fear~ of having our Judy Blume books taken away, so we'd buy the cheap paperbacks & rip the covers off. Oy, I could shoot myself for that now, they're all pathetically taped back together ;)

This was a fun one!
Sep. 11th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
My school librarian wasn't very nice either. I think I used to be afraid of library time because of her, even though I loved reading. She used to show us these weird videos about these people who went back in time and did something with the Dewey Decimal System and then it was really intense when we had to figure out how to use it. Ugh, not a nice memory.

Sep. 11th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
WOW, those videos sound bizarre. I wonder what it is with school librarians being nasty? I think it would be the most fun job in the world.....
Sep. 11th, 2010 12:08 pm (UTC)
omg ELLEN TIBBITS!!!!!!!!!!!
Sep. 11th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)

Is it wrong that I really want to read this book again? ;)
Sep. 11th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
Nope lol, because I bought it XD

Sep. 11th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
AWESOME. (My Amazon Wish List has so many 'kids' books on it, it's not even funny.)
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