The library sneak

??????????? It took time and persistence, patience and cunning. At the age of nine I had all of that plus moxie.  Carefully, biding my time and picking up a random book, I kept watch from the edge of the pages. There was my chance! I slipped around the corner and moved from the children’s library into the “real library.”

For some reason I didn’t have to be quite as careful there for I was seldom chased out. Perhaps I was too small to be seen or had found the least perused corners to tuck into. Perhaps the library staff was too busy to see me. It didn’t matter; to be with all the real books was to be in heaven.

There were rules in my hometown library. Anyone under the age of 11 had to be in the children’s side, everyone else was free to roam the endless shelves of books on the other side. The side that was off-limits. The side I was not supposed to be in. But you can’t keep a determined reader, older than her years, away.

Thankfully, children’s books are significantly more than stories of helpless girls and hero boys, and fairy tales. Today the Young Adult category brings robust reading and transitions children into more mature storylines and situations appropriate for their age range. From there the entire world of books is open.

MRRinehart

It‘s impossible to remember what books I was sneaking around to read but chances are among them was the work of Mary Roberts Rinehart.  Known as America’s Agatha Christie, her novel The Circular Staircase (1908) made her famous, and many of her following books were best sellers. As a journalist, I was quite chuffed to discover that she had been a war correspondent at the Belgian front during WWI.

It has been many (many) years since I had to sneak around a library. This is good news, as the last time I did hide my sister and friends forgot about me and drove home, leaving me behind. You can imagine my mother’s horror when they showed up and I wasn’t with them.

How determined are you to read? Do you have to set aside time, or a minimum amount of pages to consume each week? Were you ever left behind at a library?

June Lorraine

  One thought on “The library sneak

  1. February 4, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    My daily goal is a hour of reading. I view it as an investment in my craft.
    Thank you for the story. I was right beside you–sneaking. Only I was slightly older and sneaking from the romances–highly recommended reading for women, in my small town–to stories about the Second World War–considered literature for men.

    • February 4, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Agree! Reading is always a good investment especially for the craft of writing.

      I’m glad you came along with me, it’s nice to know I had company. Now in your town, what happens if it’s a WWII story with romantic overtones – or vice versa 🙂

      I have to admit a partiality with books that take place WWI &II. Philip Kerr, Rennie Airth, Greg Iles…

Please leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

The Bodies From The Library

Conferences on The Golden Age of Crime Writing

tracyshephard.wordpress.com/

tracy.shephard3@gmail.com

Safira's Journey

Create Your Own Happiness

WordDreams...

Jacqui Murray's

This Mom Reads

Powered by Coffee. Sustained by Good Books

Marilyn Kay

Crime Fiction Author

J. A. Allen

Scribbles on Cocktail Napkins

jumissshop

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

Discarded Books

Book reviews on the discarded and sometimes forgotten

Willow Croft

Poet, Writer and Dimension Walker

this-is-my-truth-now

Fiction, Books, TV, Trips & Reviews... and introducing the 365 Daily Challenge!

Bionic Book Worm

Book reviews, tags, and random bookish thoughts

Linda's Book Bag

Loving books and reading

%d bloggers like this: