|Courtesy of OSU Archives|
— Cited in ALA Bulletin, Oct. 1954, p.475 Norman COUSINS (1915- )
I love going to the library. The shelves filled with books, the hushed, almost reverent sound of the patrons' voices. People of all ages milling around, browsing through the shelves, or sitting in comfy chairs reading the newspaper or magazines.
We joined the St. Louis County Library (for an annual fee of $50). Right from my laptop at home, I can browse the electronic card catalog and request books, DVDs, CDs, or ebooks for my Kindle. If the branch I call home doesn't have the particular book I want, magical library elves deliver it there, and I get an email telling me that I can pick it up.
All of this technology is wonderful, but it has taken some of the treasure hunt feel out of the experience for me.
I miss the old card catalogs. Does anyone else remember them? Those lovely wooden cabinets with all the drawers. Fiction listed alphabetically; non-fiction by Dewey Decimal number (and cross-referenced by topic).
Just opening one of the little drawers with their brass handles, and smelling that dusty card smell let me believe that I was one step closer to finding my next favorite book!
Feeling nostalgic (yet using today's technology),I found a cool site where I could create my own card catalog cards.
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What are YOU reading?