Time for another round of Bookshelf Traveling in Insane Times which is being hosted by Judith at Reader in the Wilderness. The idea is to share one of your neglected bookshelves or perhaps a new pile of books. Yes, I have hundreds of unread books in this house but hearing some of my library holds were ready made me do a little jig!
I was so excited to drive to Newton for Library-to-go curbside pickup yesterday! In addition, as I drove past a small library in a nearby town, I saw a rack of books they had put outside, presumably as discards to compensate for not having their curbside pickup up and running. Naturally, I stopped to investigate! I helped myself to copies of An Old-Fashioned Girl (one of my favorite Alcotts) and an entertaining YA I read several years ago called The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You (a retelling of Much Ado About Nothing) which I think my nieces would enjoy.
Each library is doing this differently, and in Newton, where I grew up, you put books on hold and eventually the library emails you to make a pick-up appointment – if it has the book on hand and once it has time to retrieve them from the shelf. Then you actually walk into a room at the library where the staff has a shopping bag of books already checked out to you. One has to be grateful for anything but Newton took so long to fill some of my holds that I got the books I’d requested on libraries several days after my summer school paper on The Public Library’s Mission was due! Still, there are several more assignments before the end of July, so I will hold onto them.
Alas, the book I need for my book group, The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson (2020), is in such high demand that I am still on the waiting list since February. Unless I buy it tomorrow I don’t think I will get to read in time for my book group on Wednesday.
However, I was pleased to see a new-to-me Jenny Colgan, The Boy I Loved Before (2004); The Stranger Diaries, a standalone by Elly Griffiths (2018) whose Ruth Galloway books I enjoy; and The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol (2016) which someone must have recommended. I wanted the eighth Louise Penny, The Beautiful Mystery (2012), and had to settle for the CDs instead of a print copy but can start listening tomorrow as I am driving to historic North Easton. Finally, there was a CD of the musical She Loves Me. I put that on hold so long ago I don’t remember why but I am sure I will enjoy it.
Did you see this funny video that the Nashville Public Library put out? I love their creativity.