Saturday, April 14, 2018

NO SUCH THING AS TOO MANY BOOKS


From:  Tyanne Clark

Of: The Bad Luck Cat Mysteries

By: Kay Finch

 
I’m sure many of you can relate to one of my favorite sayings – “There’s no such thing as too many books.”  You will find that slogan on my car bumper, my favorite coffee cup, and my tote bag.  No surprise, since I’m the local bookstore owner in Lavender, Texas.  Everyone knows I love books.
 


Rumor has it that we’ll have a new public library right here in Lavender very soon. I make my living selling books, so you might think I would oppose the notion of a local library.  Certainly there will be days when people choose to visit the library instead of coming into my store to buy a book. Just like there are days when people choose to purchase an e-book online. But remember. . . there’s NO SUCH THING as too many books, whether they’re in my bookstore, the library, on an e-reader, or on one of the – at last count – 17 bookshelves at my house.

The main thing is for people to read, read, read. One of my fondest childhood memories is of going to the library in my hometown.  I’m trying my best to teach my children the same love for books and libraries that I’ve always had. There’s no good reason for kids to stay glued to electronic gizmos. When the new library comes to Lavender, maybe I can work with the librarian on some fun reading programs for kids.  My bookstore cats, Zelda and Willis, would love a Read-To-The-Cats day at the library. I’ll bet I could talk my friend Sabrina into bringing Hitchcock, too. He’s not bad luck no matter what you might hear to the contrary.


HAPPY NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK!

To celebrate National Library Week, I’m giving one winner a signed paperback copy of THE BLACK CAT SEES HIS SHADOW, with a duplicate copy for the winner’s local library. To enter, comment about your favorite library memory.  A winner will be chosen on Monday morning, April 16th.

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Kay Finch is the National Best-Selling author of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries by Berkley Prime Crime.  Though her character, Sabrina Tate, has left the paralegal profession behind to move to the Texas Hill Country, Kay still works as a paralegal at a Houston, Texas law firm. She resides in a Houston suburb with her husband and pets. Visit her at www.kayfinch.com.

26 comments:

  1. My favorite library memory is the author talk and signing I attended about five years ago. Catherine Coulter was the author, and she's so entertaining and personable (plus, she loves cats!). mbradeen@yahoo.com

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  2. My favorite memory was the year my daughter was in elementary school. She loved books but had trouble reading. That summer, the town library held a children's summer reading program. The top three readers each won a prize. My daughter spent a lot of time that summer taking books out of the library and reading. She ended up reading over 100 books, won a Barnes and Noble gift card, and kick-offed her life-long love of reading.

    scarletbegonia5858(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. my favorite memory is winning a box of books one year in the summer reading program.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  4. My favorite library memory is when my dad took me to get my first library card. I was 5 and it has been a love story ever since!
    Thank you for the giveaway.
    debprice60@gmail.com

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  5. Our Carnegie library had a chldren's side and an adult side with a hallway separating. I vividly remember checking out my books in children's and the librarian looking me over, then saying I looked ready for a regular library card. The feeling of walking through the doors into the adult side (to look for a book and my father) was amazing. Oh, the possibilities! Zibbby at gmail.com

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  6. My favorite library memory was being introduced to the public library when I was very young and obtaining my first card. My mother and I walked to the library and I obtained my library card. Afterwards I rode my bike to the library and enjoyed the wonderful books which I borrowed each week. This began my love of reading, books and continues to this day. Libraries give me peace of mind, hope and are a haven. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. I have always loved to read and it was my salvation, in country grade school, when you had your work done and were expected to stay busy. I was thrilled when my parents took me to get a library card and there were all these wonderful books to read. I'd check out 10-12 at a time. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  8. Our small public library was welcoming and warm and the first time I visited I was in awe of the atmosphere and the collection. This is where I belong I said to myself. I began taking out books immediately and even though I was young I was taking out hardcover adult novels. The first series which I enjoyed and was an unforgettable experience was Anne of Green Gables series all in hardcover since this was the 1950's. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  9. A two-fer giveaway. How nice!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  10. first time I got a library card. looking up books in the card file. best was just walking through the lisle's of books at the library.

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  11. My favorite memory is the opening of the branch library in my neighborhood.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  12. Mu favorite memory is when my Mom used to take me and my Sister on the bus to the library in the summer to pick out books to read for the week. We were lucky that our Mom passed on her love of reading to us.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. My favorite memory was being one of a few second graders being allowed to check out older kids books at my school library. I also remember my mom taking me and my brother to our local library every week so we could load up on lots of good books to read. I'm so glad my kids love to read and go to the library too.

    ematov(at)comcast(dot)net

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  14. I still love to visit my local library, also new and much larger. Going to the library was a Saturday morning ritual when I was a child. It was a whole family event.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  15. My favorite library memory is when the Bookmobile starting coming to our grade school every 2 weeks. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. My favorite library memory is my summer reading challenge when I was a kid. I read a ton of books and came in 2nd place. I was shocked anyone else read more than me. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. My favorite library memory is actually not having an actual library and getting a visit at our school from the book mobile from the next big town. It was something I looked forward to as much as birthday and Christmas I think. To be able to walk among the books and find one to take home with you, even if just for a short while, was the greatest present to this little girl - the book nerd. When my military Dad got transferred to another base that actually had a library, I was in heaven with my own little library card which was my ticket to any place I wanted to go.

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of "THE BLACK CAT SEES HIS SHADOW" not only for me but for my small town (less than 3000 population) public library also.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  18. My library is a lifeline, with library-by-mail. The librarians go to so much trouble finding any book that catches my eye.

    Independent bookstores were a great favorite, but not many left. Miss them.

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  19. When I was a kid, probably elemntary level, we were fortunate to have a bookmobile from the big library, Morley Library, that would visit our neighborhood. I looked forward to that day when it would come. The limit of books you were able to check out were 5 books and that was the hardest part. It would take me almost the full time to choose what five I wanted to take home for the week. Reading was and still is one of my favorite pass times. Today my local library is Ashtabula County District Library, Ashtabula, OH. Although smaller than some, it still holds hours of fascination for me. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com


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  20. I love (and still do) the cozy feeling of looking through the stacks for my favorite old books or for a great new find! anajs95 at gmail dot com

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  21. On the one hand, you may think you have too many books if they are print and you are packing them in boxes to move to a house with more shelf space. On the other hand, you will probably find lots of titles you forgot you had than can go on the new "books I forgot I had but really really want to read" shelf (that you didn't have room for before! :p And of course, you can motivate yourself to get it all done by rewarding yourself with, oh, maybe buying a few books? ;)

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  22. When I was 10 we moved from Minnesota to Alaska. We arrived in the summer and of course I didn't know anyone. I was used to living on a farm and now we lived in an apartment building. Luckily, the library was only 2 blocks away---I think I read every book in the children's section that summer---the librarian became a good friend and helped me choose books for years afterwards. The library was my refuge from our small apartment.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  23. My favorite library memory is the first time I went to my library. (Still go to the same one too). I was 4 and got my first library card. I was amazed at the children's section. There I found the perfect books for me. Those wonderful small hand size green Beatrix Potter books. The illustrations, the stories, the feel of that paper, those molded my love of reading. kayt18(at) comcast (dot) net

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  24. I don't really have a favorite memory of the library, but I've always loved libraries!! Now, I'm living my dream! I'm a librarian in my small town, love helping people find books and encouraging kids to read. No, you can never have to many books or libraries!!

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  25. My favorite library memory was actually all of those nights studying when I was in high school. I spent a lot of time there. Yes, I was really studying.

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  26. Forgot my email...lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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