Saturday, October 18, 2008
Have Book, Will Read
The semester has come and gone. I had access to a library yet I didn't borrow a thing aside from textbooks. How... sad. Growing up, the reading itch was easy to scratch. My grade school had a small reading room full of folk tale books. After dismissal I'd read for a few minutes until I finished everything. At home there was an encyclopedia set waiting. I think I read that sucker from A to Z. I had access to a larger collection in high school–heavy reading like Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and Bobbsey Twins. I also read some Clancy, Ludlum, and Forsythe. That's when I got my populist taste. I always made it to the library's list of top borrowers. In college I filled up a lot of library cards. Whenever I hit the maximum number a student can take home I dragged my boardmates to the Circulation Section and put the books on their cards. My eyesight went downhill from there.