Bezuidenhout Valley, the suburb I lived in as a child, did not have a library. Every two weeks, I’d sprint home from school, change out of my uniform, put on my tackies (sneakers), run the four blocks to the corner of First Avenue and Second Street (yes, those really are the street names) and wait anxiously for the traveling library.
As I climbed the steps up into the bus, I’d savor the tantalizing aroma of books and petrol fumes. (Weird, I know, but I’ve always loved the smell of petrol.) We were allowed to check out three books and oh the decisions that had to be made. Should I take three Willard Price books, or Enid Blyton’s Famous Five or Secret Seven, or should I take Nancy Drew mysteries? Or should I risk one of my choices on something new?
At that time of my life, being new to the neighborhood, books were my only friends. I don’t know what I would have done without them. I flew through my three book allowance and the fortnight would crawl by and then hip hip hooray, Traveling Library Day!
I’m joining Jennifer Hubbard and other library-lovers for the library-loving blog challenge. For every commenter on this post between now and March 31st, I will donate $2 to the Burlington County bookmobile. http://www.bcls.lib.nj.us/bookmobile
My donation cap is $100.
All you have to do is leave a comment and I’ll send the traveling library a gift. A simple “Hey! I love libraries, too!” as your comment will do, but feel free to be more expressive. Please note that my $2 pledge is “per commenter” not per comment, so I’ll donate $2 for every person leaving a comment not $2 for every comment left by a single person. Spread the word to your friends so they can come and visit my blog, leave a comment and help raise money for a good cause. For a complete list of participating bloggers visit the writerjenn blog at http://writerjenn.livejournal.com. Blog hop and leave comments on all participants’ sites. The more the merrier and the more money to the various libraries.
Without a book I’d be lost. How about you. Your support and comment is much appreciated.
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