Hello friends! I’m Katie from Unwritten, Untitled. I am so delighted and honored to be a guest blogger on English Muse after being a reader for the last couple of years. Over on my little blog, I write about books, imagination, inspiration, and my moderate literary obsession. While Tina is away, I’ll be here bright and early every Thursday morning to share what book-related anything is inspiring me this week.
Did you know that it’s National Library Week? To say that I spent my childhood in the public libraries of every place my family lived is no great exaggeration; we spent hours there every week. In college, I practically lived in the library, like most English majors I know. Once, while researching a paper, I found a first edition collection of short stories from 1803 in the stacks at my university. It wasn’t a famous work, nor was it a valuable volume, but the simple magic of holding a book that old was slightly thrilling. A bundle of questions tumbled through my mind at once. Who selected it for the library’s collection? Who last set it on this shelf? How often has it been read? Who last read it, and when?
National Library Week (NLW) was first sponsored by the American Library Association in 1958. It is now composed of several events, including the release of the previous year’s top ten challenged books. These posters, both from the 1960s, promoted the observation of NLW and set the year’s theme. This year, it’s rather simple: you belong at your library.
The idea of this year’s theme is that you belong at your library because there is something for everyone there–books, movies, audiobooks, music, etc. As for me, though, I rarely pick up anything besides a book. I love the delight of browsing a whole range of shelves, knowing that whatever volume I pull has probably been read before, and that when I finish it, it will be read again. Someone else has turned the pages, gasped at that plot twist, gotten teary through that conclusion, and laughed at that line–and yet another someone will do the same after me!
I’m curious: have you ever found a treasure in a library? I’ve found a few, and I’m heading to the library today to see what surprises me from the shelves this time. I’ll be back next week to share what I find and, hopefully, a good dose of inspiration for you. Until then, have a wonderful week!