Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Book-a-holic's Story!

Aside from traveling/mission trips, working full-time at school, and working on ministry paperwork, I have been doing a lot of reading.  I LOVE books!  Since I was a child, they have been my best friends. My love affair with books began when my mother would take me to the public library to the children's room, and I would beg her to get Kiki books which were picture books about a little girl by Charlotte Steiner (Kiki Dances, Kiki Skates, Kiki loves Music).  I loved Kiki, but my mom got kind of tired of reading them!  My mom liked to read, too, so she was my role model.

Then she enrolled me in a book club when I was in 3rd grade and I can remember looking forward to getting a new Happy Hollister mystery book each month! She always allowed me to buy books from the Scholastic book club fliers that we received from school, so by the time I was in high school, I had quite a library of my own.  Books were my friends.  When we lived out in the country where I had no close friends, I had my books.  I loved going to the Bookmobile that came to my school in 3rd & 4th grades to find new books to read, or to my school library in 5th & 6th grade where I discovered Laura Ingalls Wilder's books.

In high school, I worked in my high school library before and after classes. I wanted to be a librarian, but didn't want to go to school for another 5 years.  I wanted to get married and have children, but college was my way out of a dysfunctional home life, so off to college I went studying child development/elementary ed.  I quickly learned the first semester that I could not read for fun like I had done in high school.  When I graduated from college, I thought again about becoming a librarian (getting my masters) but at that time, both the education and library fields were saturated, so I did not pursue it.

I could not find a teaching job, but I did find a job working part time at a city public library for a couple years and also worked as a substitute teacher at a rural school which led to a full time job teaching for a year.  

We then moved due to my husband's job and I was able to become a children's librarian in a small public library until our son was born. So, as you can see, books have always had a special place in my life.

Still, I am a book junkie!  Of all the things I own, getting rid of my books would be the hardest..... but I am getting better. I know of a couple of church libraries I can give them to after I have read and have shared them with teachers at my school who like inspirational books.

I am so enjoying my Kindle and find I have been able to get many books I am interested in for free, but still.... the feel of a book in my hands  - there is nothing that can match it!

looking forward to my next adventure in reading ~


Shonda said...

Hi J-ME- I'm a book lover too. Glad you like my David posts. I'm enjoying the study a lot!

Diane said...

I still can't get into the e-books. I love my paper ones to hold. Have a super week! :O)