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Giving Thanks

“It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for.  He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire.  Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient.  But a thankful heart hath a continual feast.”  ~W.J. Cameron
 
As I was driving to work today, I started a mental list of all the things for which I am grateful, and I didn’t get one-hundredth of the way through by the time I arrived.  Here are just a few of the items on my list:
 
  • Spending another year working at the Azle Memorial Library.  My appreciation in being able to associate with all of you is boundless! 
  • All the men and women who serve in the armed forces and law enforcement.  I hope you can safely enjoy the holiday tomorrow with good friends and know that your loved ones at home are thinking about you. 
  • The many wonderful books I’ve read in the past few months.  I’ve loved so many of them, but some of the stand-outs are No Easy Day, Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, Why We Broke Up, and An Object of Beauty.  These stories have enlightened me, enraged me, comforted me, and just plain put a smile on my face.  Where would I be without the many wonderful authors who continue to write about life in such an engaging and meaningful way?  And thank you to the publishers who make it possible for us to read them. 
  •  Last, and certainly not least, we as a staff are so grateful for the generosity and support from the City of Azle and our many benefactors and patrons.  Your love for your community, the library, and literacy only makes all of us want to be better at what we do.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!   
 
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Posted by on November 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

The Most Beautiful Books

So I know I just wrote a post encouraging us all not to judge a book by its cover.  But I know that everyone does just that from time to time, so I wanted to give you some of my favorite book covers.  Here’s just a quick sampling. (You’ll notice I also included a cookbook, but I really couldn’t help myself.  The pages have scalloped edges.  What else do I need to say?)

What about you?  What book covers have you fallen in love with over the years?

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover

I don’t know about you, but I will freely admit that I occasionally judge books by their covers.  In fact, I’ll often think, “That’s a terrible cover – what were they thinking?” or “Now that’s a great cover – I can’t wait to read it.”  Unfair or not, I can’t be the only one who does this, right?  While I don’t feel too bad routinely judging books by their appearance, I do wonder if our focus on aesthetics can sometimes keep us from reading something really fantastic or mislead us into picking up something awful.

So, in the spirit of not judging a book by its cover, for November, everyone in the library’s Main Street Book Club chose a different book.  All the books were wrapped so that they couldn’t see the cover, title, or author, but they were able to read a brief synopsis and a few reviews.  We will be meeting tomorow, Tuesday, November 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room to discuss our various books (note that this is a week earlier than our regular meeting time due to Thanksgiving).

There’s good news for those of you who did not have time to pick up a book.  There are still several at the Information Desk if you want to participate in the book club tomorrow or if you simply want a new book to read and you’re feeling in the mood to take a chance.  We’ll also leave a list of the books that were read this month if you’re looking for your next book to read!

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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