Friday, April 01, 2016

Friday Fun - I Blame It All On My Librarian

Pink Heart Society columnist Barb Han is talking about how writing doesn't always command the respect it deserves...

It’s all my librarian’s fault. Growing up, I didn’t have a lot of books in the house. I’m not sure why because my mom actually did read. I won’t say that she was an avid reader but she enjoyed curling up with a book on occasion.

Going to the school library was better than a trip to the candy store for me. The librarian in my elementary school took notice. When I filed into the library behind my classmates (we walked single file!),  she would often have a book sitting on her desk just for me (I’m the redhead in line, btw). 

I treated that book like it was made of pure gold, careful not to so much as wrinkle a page while it was in my care. I’d devour it while hunkered over a space heater in the front room far away from my siblings. 

Often times I’d ask my teacher for extra trips to the library in order to return the book I’d finished and get a new one…yes…I was addicted. 

And it was pretty much my librarian’s fault.   

I loved everything about being in the library. The church-like quiet. The complete reverence for the written word. The librarians who knew so much more about books than I ever hoped to. It was almost a religious experience and I still hear the Hallelujah Chorus in the back of my mind every time I walk inside those doors.  

Except now the library is different.

The focus is more on signing up for computer time (every computer is taken and often times unruly and loud kids run around while mom or dad is focused on the screen). 

And I can admit that I miss the old days…

I miss old libraries that were filled with books instead of today’s electronics with a side of bookshelves. 

And I miss old-school librarians who spent so much time with their noses in books that there was no way they could figure out today’s smart phone. 

I’m probably just being nostalgic. 

But I’ll always have a special place in my heart for those who can’t tell an android from an iPad and are always game for a quiet discussion about the next great book.

Now, I want to hear from you. Who turned you onto reading?

Now, I want to hear from you. Who turned you onto reading?

Barb's latest book, Texas Takedown, is out now:

He’s facing trouble as big—and unpredictable—as the Texas terrain 

For security expert Dylan Jacobs, his little daughter is a light against the shadows of his past. But when the sexy ex-soldier locates missing Samantha Turner, the shadows return. Samantha is convinced their childhood nemesis—the Mason Ridge Abductor—is back. And that he’s hunting her. 

Amid a hail of gunfire, Dylan commits to keeping Samantha safe—then nearly crumbles when his own child disappears. So when the villain poses a vicious ultimatum—turn over the woman he loves or never see his beloved toddler again—Dylan knows what he has to do. Put plan B into action.

You can find out more about Barb Han's writing on her website and Goodreads. Follow her on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest for regular updates and pretty pics!


  1. Librarians do have a lot to answer for, don't they? Thank goodness!

    Even with all the electronics, I think most libraries still feel the same--if I need a place to be "at home," I can go to one anywhere.

  2. They sure do, Liz! And amen! LOL

    I get that at-home feeling in the library, too. It's such a nice, warm feeling.

  3. Yes, I miss the old-school libraries and librarians. I was actually turned onto reading when the Bookmobile came to our school. Every Friday it would come to our school and the ladies in charge would always have books to recommend to my friend and I, both voracious readers. Fast forward almost twenty years and my husband and I moved into our first home and lo and behold one of our new neighbors was one of the bookmobile ladies! Such fun.

    1. I love that story, Carol! And I LOVED the Bookmobile!! So many happy memories just flooded me now that you mentioned it. How cool that your neighbor was a bookmobile lady! Kismet!

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