This past Monday our monthly SoulCollage® group met for the day and though usually a very prolific and quick-working card creator, I had a hard time coming up with one. But this is the one I made and I must admit that I really like it. The man may be a Rockwell character, but he is me!
I am the one who became a book aficiando from the time I could first read and some very happy times were spent in the Sunland, CA library which was a really tiny place when I was a kid. The photo of my hometown library below is from the historical collection at Cal State Northridge.
My mother was not a big reader personally although she read books to me all the time when I was little and my dad was a prolific reader of science books and magazines and science fiction. My four older sisters always gave me books for gifts. My favorite was "Poppy: The Story of a Fairy," which I still own today, but is now out of print. I am the one who undoubtedly was encouraged by early teachers to read although it was my mom who took me to get my first card at age six. I am the owner of way too many books; I'm the one who is obsessive about surrounding myself with books and though I use an e-reader to travel, I still crave the feel of the pages in my hand. I knew I wanted to be a writer myself and began to type short stories very young and was soon writing and editing a neighborhood newsletter.
I did not become a librarian, but when tested in my 30s when I returned to college seriously, all indicators were that I should have been a librarian. When traveling I always seek out libraries and in earlier years I admit I often hung out there. Now I can be seen in Palos Verdes or Redondo Beach searching and checking out. I began volunteering at the used books sales at Malaga Cove Library about five years ago and for the past four years I am the one who sits on the Board of the Palos Verdes Library's Friends board and the Malaga Cove Advisory Committee. I did not become a fiction writer either, by the way, but have long been in a profession where writing plays a lion's share of my time spent. I have written a few novels, unpublished, and still write poetry, largely unpublished.
And though I am not a professionally trained librarian, my part-time retirement job is as an archivist--and my office and collection are--you guessed it. In a school library.
I am the one who has a large stack of books by her bedside and have always read one fiction and one non-fiction book at the same time. If my fiction stash from the library runs out, I'll admit that I get anxious.
In SoulCollage® we have learned to ask the card a question and then I usually write about that in my handwritten journal. What is it about hard copy books, about language, about words printed on a page, that has totally mesmerized me all these years?
And how about all you book lovers. What drives you?