The Next Step: Books, etc.

             I can not live without books.

                                  Thomas Jefferson

We are still  working on the Stuff. There is satisfaction in having gone through the closets and discarded and donated many items of clothing. Now, as we pledged, we are turning to the books.

IMG_1059Books are hard for us. They are the stuff of our daily lives, our excursions to other realms and our maturation as thinking people. Nonetheless, it is time to take the hard look. Actually, this is the second hard look.

We let go of so much when we relocated eight years ago. At that time we were guided by a good friend – an author, book dealer and member of the friends of the local library.  She was brutally kind enough to tell us that no one  wants our college text books, much less our high school texts. If we had to hold onto a high school French book, surely one copy would suffice. (We went to the same high school and both took French.) She also warned us that we should not plan to abandon just anything on the loading dock at the library: there was a five box per day limit. We were in trouble.

So the sort began those many years ago now. Anne pointed out that there was a trailer for paper at the local recycle center and that we should make use of it. Get  rid of the text books, the magazines, the yellowed paperbacks. The  Friends of the Library had enough to deal  with already; they did not need to take on our decades of neglect. After days, weeks of culling, I estimate that we disposed of 40 to 50 percent of our books either through the recycle trailer or donations to the library.

Now we start anew. Who knew how many books we could accumulate in the space of eight years? All those added to the ones that we could not let go of when we came to the Finger Lakes.

On day one, we looked around our immediate space. Here’s our down payment from that review and our contribution to the local library’s friends’ sale. We’ll keep you posted as we go.

 

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One thought on “The Next Step: Books, etc.

  1. Joan Mistretta

    All my life I have been customer no. 1 at the Public Library. The first one was at 8th Street and 6th Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. I decided I would start in the upper left corner of the stacks and read all of them, one by one. I haven’t quite fulfilled that, but I sure have read a lot. I seldom buy books. One could come close to saying “never” if it weren’t for the religion and poetry books, especially the religion books that I buy for our church study group. I feel guilty about it, because a library book is used by many people and the authors don’t get paid for each reading. But I couldn’t possibly buy all the ones I read, so I live with my guilt. Sometimes I do buy novels and donate them to the library. I just offered to do that with the new Anna Quindlen book, but someone beat me to it. Anyway, I love books but I don’t need to own them and I love the Public Library System. Can you imagine trying to get that system going today? I think it would never happen.

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