Have you ever tried to weed your own personal library? Have you succeeded? I was helping a patron and she rewarded me with a fresh peach. She said it was her new life philosophy—If I can’t eat it or wear it, I don’t want it.
I started thinking about that statement. I decided that I should probably get rid of some of my clutter. I tend to “collect” things. Three or more of the same items is a collection. I have collected many things in my life. I used to collect angel figurines, then it was cat statues, now I collect bulldog and pug items and Pyrex dishes.
My largest collection of things by far would be my books. The thought of getting rid of even one book terrifies me! I choke up and can’t even bring myself to look at my books.
I mostly buy my books used. I like to go to yard sales and find them. Most of my books have the memory of the yard sale attached to them. Oh that was the day I traveled to Ottumwa to go to sales with my cousin and we bought a giant box of donuts and ate them all. I picked up those three cookbooks that day at the yard sale with the two yappy poodles in the garage.
I always think I am going to pass these books down to my future grandkids. That is why I had a child I believe. I wanted someone to appreciate my bookcases as much as I do! I love my daughter as a good parent should. However she doesn’t delight in yard sales or books as much as I do. So I suppose I should have had two children. I may have lucked out on that second one.
When I do manage to part with books, I bring them to the Drake Library and put them in the book nook. The book nook is a treasure trove of donated books. We sell the books for ten cents each or a dollar a bag. I know the books go to a good home this way.
So if you ever decide to part with some of your books—horrifying thought—I know! Be sure to donate them to the Drake Library. We are all book lovers here and we understand how hard it is to part with your precious!
Tsundoku–Japanese word for book hoarder