A Bookish Afternoon

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Hello 🙂

 

Ever since Hubby and I visited my university on our last ‘date’, I have been reminiscing.  I got my first email address while there (in 2000!), and did type everything up on a computer etc, but I loved disappearing into the carrels of the huge library and breathing in all the atmosphere… 

It really feels like you are acquiring knowledge when you lift down a heavily bound set of pages and flick through them, much more so than just tapping keys and scrolling ever does (in my opinion).  It takes a long time, but it registers as more rewarding at the end; and I always felt connected to the hallowed scholars before me, ruining their eyesight over candlelit ink! 

  

Nauseating  Poor  History  Library  Frog  Mine  Ball  Horse  Drain

 

I opened the book

And almost smelt

The nauseating stench

That housed the poor

At that point in history.

 

In that dense library

I spent a productive afternoon

Leaping from tome to tome,

In my book-frog way,

Making extracts mine.

 

Ball-point poised,

I traversed the years.

Each different horse:

Colour set to drain

Through what happened next.

 

Did you spend a lot of time in libraries when you were younger?  How do you feel about reading these days?  Has technology enriched or detracted from an earlier love of books?

 

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5 Responses to “A Bookish Afternoon”

  1. Jane Wright Says:

    I know the feeling exactly! Also love the use of the term ‘ book-frog”

  2. Montaffera Says:

    Thanks, I loved coining it 😉 I miss my book time. There will be a small consolation when Youngest starts school in August ’18: an hour or two spent writing in the nearby library before pick-up 😉

  3. PrettyKoolDame Says:

    I spent a lot of time in libraries as a kid and I live across the street from one now. 🙂 I have a kindle and I love it but I still can’t stop reading real books. I do find research from books much easier. Scrolling can make the nerves in my hands ache more, plus too much screen time hurts my eyes. Usually I’ll research on the internet which books are written about topics I’m interested in and then I’ll search the library from there. 🙂 I’ve always read a ton in my life. Some days when I’m not feeling too well, it’s the easiest thing to do. 🙂

  4. Montaffera Says:

    Sounds like a fab system, so glad you get to do things you love through the pain! I’m just reading your latest blog post and thinking about all I take for granted ❤

    It was a nonsense when the library near my kids’ school started opening an hour later. 10am is a silly time, in my opinion, I would have spent a good two hours in there last year if it’d been a 9am start…dratted budget cuts. x

  5. Montaffera Says:

    2 hrs a day, that is 😉

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