Thursday, July 29, 2010

Some Thoughts On Having Attended the Opening Day of the Newberry Library Book Fair

1. Whoops.

Just over two feet, in case you were wondering.

2. If only I'd had more time to browse.

3. I got kind of a sick thrill when the lady at the cash desk staggered back and said, "Whoa."

4. Now that I've been, you may go and pick through the leftovers.

65 comments:

cjknits said...

Don't you just hate when you don't have enough time to browse, or when the pile of books, yarn you're carrying starts getting in your line of sight. LOL

MikeT said...

My mother taught English. I cannot remember ever asking for a book and not getting it. Your pile of books seems quite reasonable to me!

Marji said...

I'm a (high school) librarian. I see nothing strange in your post today!

--Deb said...

I totally understand this post! The only problem I have with booksprees like this is making sure my piles don't topple over. After a while, they get hard to carry ... as you know! Totally worth it, though.

Robin said...

What a prodigious haul! I rather think a shopping cart would be handy at such venues... ;-)

Jenna said...

The only time you've overdone it at a library book sale is if you need to bring in mechanical assistance to get the books out to the car.

Liz said...

HOW did you haul all of that home?

chellebelle said...

this is quite reasonable, I usually have to take many bags to carry my haul ..

Wool Free and Lovin' Knit said...

Any knitting books in the stack?

Knitting the Camino said...

Hey, it's not your pile of books that impresses me, it's that you got them at the Newberry Library. That's the very same Newberry after whom the Newberry Medal for Children's Lit is named. I have read so many Newberry Medal and Honor books because of my work with children in school and public libraries. And I still enjoy picking up new ones to read, even though I've been retired for nigh on 7 years. Loved your haul. And I do hope there were knitting books in the pile.

Carol said...

What a great selection - I just checked my shelves downstairs to make sure my copies weren't raided by you or the Newberry. The EF Benson books are especially fun.

Kathy in San Jose said...

Excellent job! It's not a load of books until you need to use your chin to keep them from falling out of your arms. Excuse me while I go pull some books off my shelves to donate to the library.

Spiminarian said...

Awesome. I love used books. They smell wonderful and have so much character that new books lack.

Lisa said...

As someone who's already read 30 books this year, I think your pile is totally manageable.

M-H said...

Am I the only one who squinted at the screen with my head on one side to see what you'd chosen? Guide to gardening? Well, I guess you've got a manure factory in Dolores so you should make the most of it.

Nancy said...

Gee, and where's the stack Ms. Dolores packed for you?
I understand such stacks....used to carry a stack like that home every night in high school for the 7 hours of homework that awaited me!

ML said...

A list of what you bought, please.

kristy said...

I love to read, and I live in an area that has tons of used book stores,.Madison has more book stores per capita then most large cities. Plus the libraries here have booksales, frequently. Poor Delores , what does she read.

tismeinaz said...

LOL - don't feel bad. That is a tiny stack. There are ladies who show up to the huge charity book sale, here in Phoenix, with grocery carts.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry. I don't get it. Is that more books than anyone else bought. Seems like a totally reasonable number to me.

theyarnstashisattacking said...

Looks kinda like my stacks. The librarians here are pretty used to it now. At first one of them said "Are you really going to finish all of those?"

Cara said...

I'm with Knitting the Camino - my interest is always peaked by Newberry and book in the same sentence. Except, I have no kid-based reason to love them. I just know from my own childhood that Newberry Award books are the best, and I have no problem reading a great children's book as an adult. Children are so discerning that I find the writing is often better quality than in 'adult' books.

HL said...

Library Book sales are wonderful. Looks like a delightful haul! I've had to restrict my purchases until I can get the basket of books I've borrowed from the library under control...

So many books, so little time.

Lisa said...

Mmmmm...the legendary Newberry (I was THRILLED to visit it - when MLA held its meeting in Chicago - and YOU came to knit with us)!!

I think you were quite restrained, myself!!

FiberQat said...

Did you bring a hand truck?

Jenny said...

Gee, Franklin, thanks for saving us about 10 books to choose from. That was really thoughtful of you.

HB said...

I understand completely.

Thank you for leaving Powell's to my own destructive tendencies. For Now.

janna said...

I used to work at the book sales at my public library, and we had several regulars who brought their own large boxes, and one guy who rode a bike, so brought a backpack and several tote bags. He would fill one up, and bring it up to us to hold for him while he filled up the next!

Anyway -- nice haul!

meg said...

How did you get that massive stack home?! (but hey, at least you won't have to leave your apartment for a few days now.)

Sweet Camden Lass said...

I can't tell if Mapp and Lucia are in that pile. I'll have to see if I can get Mes Amies now: more E. F. Benson. Yum.

lazykaty said...

you could always use your belt to bind them together for easy carrying... provided your trousers are tight enough to hold up on their own ;-)

Katy said...

That's the great thing about books, you always have an excuse to buy them because they're full of Knowledge and you can never have too much of that!

SusieQ100 said...

Franklin, you're a man after my own heart! Never can bypass a bookshop or sale!

The Foggy Knitter said...

Oooh nice stack of books there - I spy "Mrs Ames" by E F Benson, it's on my "to read" list. Just been republished by Bloomsbury in a set of books called the Bloomsbury Group - http://www.bloomsbury.com/thebloomsburygroup/ I've read a few of them so far and thoroughly recommend them. Also recommend "Miss Buncle's Book" by D.E. Stevenson (a Persephone book), think you'd like it, great social comedy, happy reading!

Valerie said...

You are clearly a man after my own heart. Good thing that we weren't at the same book fair-things may have gotten ugly!

Anonymous said...

My thoughts exactly, Franklin. I was there yesterday for a preliminary flyby (I'm going for real on Saturday) and I got 16 books. Only thing that stopped me is that's as many as I can carry home.

Seanna Lea said...

I think you could have gotten more. We just need to deck you out with a shopping cart to schlep them all home.

Joanne Crofts said...

Thank you - I just moved to the area, and hadn't heard of the Newberry Library. I read your blog before moving, but now, it's even more meaningful when you write about Chicago area activities. Like the other commenters, I have also been known to return from a used book sale with a large stack. Good stuff.

Phro5gg said...

I think you exercised tremendous restraint in not taking a wheelbarrow with you.

Samina said...

You shop for books the way I do.

ivyleaves said...

I just want to know what the title of the DMC book is.

kshotz said...

I have a feeling that this same sentiment "Now that I have been you may go and browse the leftovers" may also pertain to sales at yarn shops, no?

Looks like you made some great finds!

PICAdrienne said...

I, too, was trying to read all the titles. Do we get to find out what all you found?

Posted the comment on flikr and it popped up in my boss' name. That will not do, had to delete it.

Morgan said...

ooh, this looks like the amount of books I have gotten in a month from goodreads swaps:) real people read books.

geogrrl said...

Chalk me up under the "mentally ill" banner. Except that I'm too cheap to buy them new--that stack resembles the one I have checking out of a used bookstore.

izzyb said...

To Foggy KNitter nice to meet another D E Stevenson fan, I love her books

Alwen said...

We call that a chin-stack.

A chin-stack of books is when you are holding the books at the bottom with your hands, and at the top with your chin, and can't fit one.more.book in there.

Another Joan said...

Bags I the loan of the EF Benson when you're done!! When the children were children, I used to think about taking the wagon to our library's book sale - little kids with cash to spend can sure fill up the bags. Hmmm... sort of like big kids....

K. said...

dude, you have to come to the friends of the library annual book sale at mckinley high school. people stand outside in the rain waiting for the doors to open. and did i mention it is in honolulu?

KatyaR said...

Oh, please--our county library system has a sale every February. People bring jumbo wheeled trashbarrels and wagons and fill them up, sometimes more than once!

The lady who checked you out must have been a newbie....

Fe said...

Franklin, I met another aficionado of your blog at ceili dancing on Wednesday evenings, held at the Dubliner Pub in St Paul. She was waiting for the teacher (as was I), sitting there knitting a beautiful sock. And I looked at it, thought of you, and said, "O, do you read that guy in Chicago with the knitting blog..." and she jumped right in with "...the Panopticon? O yes! Slavishly!" And we both laughed at ourselves for being such woolly nerds....Thank you for your blog. It is always a joy and a delight to read. Even if I only crochet.*smile*

Roggey said...

I am horrifically envious of you. Our library does a great job for being a small city, but I really wanted to attend this gig. Unfortunately, not enough vacation time to swing it after coming up a week ago for a long weekend.

knitmaven said...

Newberry Library sale -- distilled Chicago experience.

=Tamar said...

Nice haul. I always bring a wheeled carrier to a good book sale. And boxes in the car to transfer the first loads into, so I can go back.

Meg said...

oooo ... you have the Abigail Adamas book. I am so jealous.

susan_in_dulwich said...

you crack me up! what a brilliant "whoops!"

revl said...

use the books to organize the yarn ('yarnends')...or is that yarn to complement the colors of the books? either way, a bit of yarn lightens the load on the cheaper bookshelves.

Bonnita said...

Pick through the leftovers, humph! You are such a brat!

Eileen said...

That gives me chills...the good kind...and no, I'm not joking.

DH & I were in Concord (MA) yesteray and not only did we find a great bookstore (he had to drag me away), but we stopped at the Alcott house. Yes, I bought more books there. Including her writings on being a Civil War nurse, and a book on apple pie, and...


No such thing as too many books. Ever.

Anonymous said...

Lisa - you keep count? Hmmm! I love the Newberry Library, you can research anything there! I used to go there for Rennaisance dance manuals - Wonderful!

Lexie said...

Flo made it to Etsy!
"http://www.etsy.com/listing/52960139/pretty-little-elephant?ref=fp_feat_9"
Heck, she made it to the front page of Etsy.
Just an FYI. Love your blog - back to lurking.

Peanutga11ery1 said...

Just when I think I can't love you even more, you have Abigail Adams there. Rock on, my knitterly friend!

Linda L said...

I stopped by around 7PM - thanks for leaving the great selection of cookbooks - I cleaned up! Love this sale!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad I'm not the only with a book problem, a yarn problem, a gardening problem, a shoe problem, a baking problem, a . . . you get teh picture!

NC Knitter said...

That stack looks perfectly normal to me. I've been slacking off lately ONLY because I need to do a major overhaul of my apartment so I can fit in a FEW MORE BOOKCASES. Books rule!