Friday, June 25, 2010

Flashback Friday, Library Days

Brace yourself, guys. I have some really, really bad news. Maybe you should sit down. What? You're already sitting down. Okay.

GotYA blogger Krista has been KIDNAPPED! The dastardly culprits? The AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION! Yes! All of them! They are, as it turns out, criminal masterminds on par with the Hamburglar.

Okay. Alright. I made all of that up.

Krista is, however, at the American Library Association's 2010 Annual Conference. Therefore, you guys are stuck with me for this week's Flashback Friday. Krista will fill you in on all the glorious ALA10 details when she gets a chance.

In honor of the ALA, this week's Flashback Friday is all about libraries. Is there a particular library you've loved more than all the others? A librarian who just plain rocked? A late fee that made you cringe?

Share your favorite library tidbits and tales in the comments.

~ My Library Story ~

Growing up on the east coast of Canada, we picked up a lot of television stations from Maine. One station frequently ran a PSA for a library (I'm guessing it was Bangor) that I loved. In it, a woman turns a corner in a library and lets out a bloodcurdling scream. The camera pans out to show poor Stephen King who then says something or other about books and libraries and how they need your support.

It's been years since I've seen that PSA and I still remember it with a grin. Stephen King supported libraries therefore libraries were even more important than I already believed. Such was the logic in my pre-teen brain.

~ Kathleen


Josin has mad YouTube skills. She found the PSA for me and totally made my day!


Horserider said...

My favorite library is a big brick building half an hour's drive from here. Half the back wall is young adult. I used to walk through those doors, up the two stairs, and head straight for the back where I'd just stand there and pick out whatever caught my eye. I'd always walk in with a certain number of books that I could walk out with. Eventually that number grew to nine. (I'm not good with limited decisions.) It's also the reason why I had a fee that was almost $50 once, but that's another story and I've suppressed most of it from my memory.

There's another library just down the street, but I've only been in there once. It's too small, too crowded, and the librarians are right THERE watching your every move.

Anonymous said...

growing up, i was lucky enough to be a part of CRABS -- Children Raving About Books -- a weekly book discussion group run by Birdie Law, a most wonderful librarian who won Librarian of the Year once upon a time.

it was an incredible group. we put out yearly Recommended Reading Lists, annual book-themed plays and, of course, recommended books to each other with great enthusiasm.

i returned to the Oxon Hill Library in Maryland a few years ago to find that it had undergone a complete restoration inside. i also discovered that CRABs is still running strong.


Josin L. McQuein said...

Everything lives on Youtube: (<--S. King's PSA)

Kathleen said...

OMG! I looked and looked on You Tube and I couldn't find it! Thanks Josin! You rock!

Kaitlin said...

That commercial is pretty much the best thing I've ever seen. <3 Maine.

J.S. Wood said...

I remember the tiny converted gas station that housed our library when I was little. Going there was always a treat and I loved the books. When I grew up I volunteered at the library and learned so much. I still volunteer, but it has great perks: I no longer have to pay fines and get first chance at the new books when they come in.

I remember the fines from Hell before I started volunteering. I had 75 books checked out between three cards and I was five days late @ $7.50 per day.

Great post!! Hope they release Krista soon.

jamiewrites said...

My favorite memories were when I was SUPER little (my mom doesn't believe that I can remember that far back) when I would go with my mom and my great-grandma to the book mobile and then to get hot fudge sundaes. Books and hot fudge - how could I forget??? Seriously, I totally loved the book mobile with the banged up covers and that old book smell in a small, hot bus. Loved it. Still love seeing the book mobile!

Kirsten Hubbard said...

OMG that PSA was hilarious.

bertrigby said...

I'm lucky enough to have spent a lot of time in Oxford Unversity's Bodleian Library...although my subject's reading room was always a little intimidating and usually occupied by all my tutors, especially when I needed to cram before an essay. It's a beautiful building though, and reading in the Radcliffe Camera makes you feel learned by osmosis. Shame you can't take the books out, but you can get the robots to get them from the underground stacks.

Krista Ashe said...

Thanks for covering for me, Kath!!! I would've have been able to blog with my arms full of ARCS!! MUWAHAHAHHA! Just kidding!!

My first library has soo many memories for me. My grandfather used to take me, and I remember him getting me a library card when I was four years old. I felt like I was shizz on a stick! LOL