Thursday, September 01, 2011

Thursday 13 & Library Loot 8/31-9/6 2011

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries!

Claire  has Mr Linky this week

I started out with a nearly empty library card at the beginning of August because I'd had to return nearly all of the 40 odd items I had checked out as of early July the week I left town for three weeks. But it hasn't taken me long to bring my stash back up. This picture taken last night reflects the 30 odd I had checked out since August 11 before five more items were added today.

My current loot favors fairy tale, fable and myth as well as fiction by Stephen King, Anne Beattie, Louise Erdrich to name a few.  Also some memoirs and some movies and TV series.  In the picture fiction is on the left and NF on the right with DVD in front.

Instead of listing the items themselves as is the usual practice I thought I would do a post honoring libraries for I've used libraries this aggressively for over forty years and can't imagine living without them yet libraries all over are struggling to maintain their funding and justify their service to the community in these hard economic times. As one who lived through a six month library closure due to funding cuts just a few years ago it pains me to see the trend toward library closures and cut backs. Since I collected thirteen links honoring libraries and bringing awareness to their plight, I'm combining Library Loot with Thursday 13 this week.


  1. I Love Libraries  
  2. Rowley Library Adopts Library in Haiti  
  3. I Love My Librarian -- nominate or vote for your local librarian  
  4. September is Library Card Sign-up Month  
  5. Your Reading Life in Six Words Contest 
  6. Books for Kids -- Building libraries for kids one book at a time.
  7. Local Citizens Fight for Their Libraries  
  8. Song: Child of the Library  
  9. Fight for Libraries Campaign 
  10. Volunteers Train to Run Local Libraries 
  11. Campaign for the World's Libraries  
  12. Seattle's New City Librarian has a Vision 
  13. Author Tayari Jones on her childhood library experience: Librarians were the book pushers. 

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