Another Year!

I started Library Luggage two years ago.  It began as a way to celebrate the books at my school library.  But it’s become so much more.  This past year I’ve explored public libraries throughout my state of Alabama.  I’ve hit estate sales for books to add to my own library.  And I purchased a few how-to books and learned new skills.  Here’s some highlights from 2017:

I visited Gulf Shores last February.  In addition to sugar-white beaches and tasty seafood, this coastal town boasts a thriving public library.  Read about this special place here.

A playful sculpture greets visitors to The Thomas B. Norton Public Library in beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Getting to Gulf Shores required a car and a chunk of cash.  But just $16, the cost of this amazing book, took me thousands of miles to Rwanda, a place of great beauty and great pain.  Read about it here.

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza, 2006

This book took me millions of mile way!  Read about it here.

The Martian by Andy Weir, 2014

Books helped me indulge my creative side this past year.  Here’s a few projects I blogged about:

A treasure trove of reading gems can be found at estate sales.  Some books I bought at one sale gave me reading pleasure and new thoughts on life and death.  Read about it here.

From Sunset to Dawn by Leslie R. Smith, 1944

Like most folks, I don’t have much time to read.  I found a way around this problem using audio books.  Read about these excellent titles as well as a free way to get them here.

I added a few bookish games to the blog this year.  They only take a few minutes to play.  Click on END PAPER MATCH-UP GAME for a fun look at picture books and click IN THREE WORDS to test your knowledge of 1970s horror novels turned into films.

Finally, I’d like to thank everyone for joining Library Luggage and for sharing your own reading journeys.  I appreciate you all!



Library Trips and Picks #5

The Thomas B. Norton Public Library in beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama.

We traveled to Gulf Shores, Alabama over Presidents’ Day weekend.  It may be mid-winter on the calendar, but it’s springtime in this coastal town.  I gladly left piles of laundry and paperwork for three days of bird watching, beach walks, boiled shrimp, and books.  I even visited the local library!

This is the most attractive library card I’ve ever gotten.

Libraries are my thing, so this comes as no surprise.  But even non-reading vacationers would benefit from visiting the Thomas B. Norton Public Library in Gulf Shores.  For starters, they issue library cards free to anyone with a picture ID and valid mailing address.  What a great idea for a vacation town with visitors from all over!

Next, they offer many non-book materials including movies, books on tape, even jigsaw puzzles!  They also have a great selection of used books for sale.  I knew I couldn’t finish and return a book during our short stay, so I simply bought two used best sellers.

It’s no secret that public libraries are struggling in this digital age.  Many are reinventing themselves as gathering places for the arts and other community events just to remain relevant.  I hope they make it in the years to come. But as far as this library in Gulf Shores goes, I don’t see it disappearing.  Old and young alike bustle inside its welcoming walls.  I know I’ll be coming back the next time we are down that way.

BONUS BIT:  Here are a few pictures from this library trip.