RS (rainbowstevie) wrote,

In which I ramble, happy as a clam.

Inspired by a post on the LJ homepage, I looked up an assignment for a "reading autobiography," thought it sounded really cool, and decided to start freewriting one for fun. I had chronologically gotten up to high school when I got sidetracked reminiscing about my school libraries, and then I thought...hey.

Wouldn't that be a cool thing to write about? Your life history with libraries you've known and loved?

I am now super excited and invigorated by this new topic, except I can't figure out how long it should be. A blog post, of a suitable length for sharing on Facebook? An 8-10 page paper? A BOOK?

I want to throw it out there that I would read a literary memoir that revolved around a person's experiences with libraries. Or maybe...I could write that book.

That's kind of a joke because no one else would want to read about a nobody, but nevertheless I think I'm going to retreat in solitude and start basking in memories. I have known so many libraries in my almost 30 years -- 6 different buildings where I went to school, 5 local libraries (two of which have changed locations), the Minneapolis library near my dad's jobwhere he got me a card when I was very small so he could get books for me on the days I had off from school and went with him, and that's not even counting all the ones I've visited just once or twice in various unfamiliar or faraway towns because "LOOK A LIBRARY," to see what they had. I have stories and histories and strong specific memories, and if nothing else, writing them all down in a coherent text would be a beautiful gift to myself.

And maybe become a historical document, in time, about the quaint 20th century lady who remembers a time when books were the most important aspect of a public library.

P.S. Seriously, if a book like this already exists, I would be sooooo happy if you'd point me to it. The closest I can think of is Larry McMurty's Books. Although in the process of linking that ,I did find a book similar to the project I mentioned in my last post that I plan to read soon: Howard's End is On The Landing: A Year of Reading From Home.
[summary here]
Early one autumn afternoon in pursuit of an elusive book on her shelves, Susan Hill encountered dozens of others that she had never read, or forgotten she owned, or wanted to read for a second time.

The discovery inspired her to embark on a year-long voyage through her books, forsaking new purchases in order to get to know her own collection again.

A book which is left on a shelf for a decade is a dead thing, but it is also a chrysalis, packed with the potential to burst into new life. Wandering through her house that day, Hill's eyes were opened to how much of that life was stored in her home, neglected for years.

'Howards End is on the Landing' charts the journey of one of the nation's most accomplished authors as she revisits the conversations, libraries* and bookshelves of the past that have informed a lifetime of reading and writing.

[*RS note: score!]

Tags: libraries

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