Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Wanderlust Librarian| Bookshelf Voyeur

I'm going to come clean about something.

I'm not particularly proud of this... but I'm going to say it anyway.

I look at other people's bookshelves.

Don't worry readers, I don't look at YOUR bookshelf... just the people I know. I don't judge people on their bookshelves, I just like to see what they read.

A bookshelf says a lot about a person. It shows their interests. It may tells me where they've traveled or want to travel. It says a lot about their influences. It also speaks to their childhood and what stories bring them back to center. It tells me their secrets and dreams. It shows me their past and reveals their future. Bookshelves reveal so many so many things.

I recently found a book called "Unpacking My Library: writers and their books". I requested it from Link + and it is exactly what I wanted it to be! The book shows the bookshelves of different writers and asks them about their selections. It's one of those books that caught my eye because of its size (small) and its title (catchy). 

As part of the One Book, One San Joaquin program, many libraries in the Stockton-San Joaquin system will be hosting programs that will highlight the books being read for the program. One of those programs will let you take a look at the books that influence people around our county. This program, "My Ideal Bookshelf", is a collaboration between local participants of varying ages and professions and local artists. The participants submitted their 10 favorite/influential books and the local artists (also of varying ages) painted their bookshelves. Come check out this great art exhibit on Monday, September 9 in Stockton at the Cesar Chavez Library from 6 p.m-8 p.m.

What do books have to do with travel? 


Books are the ultimate escape. They take you to places you may not ever visit or have always dreamed of visiting. Books can help you to travel backwards and forwards in time. It can expand your limits beyond your town, your state... and even the planet! 

Literary adventure is out there! Visit your local library today! 


The Library Bloggess 

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