We live in a library.

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“A house that’s full of books makes a different kind of people.”
(Inheritors by Susan Glaspell)

Elsewhere, I posted a link to the October 10 article “Growing up in a house full of books is major boost to literacy and numeracy, study finds” (The Guardian), to which my daughter replied, “That’s good to know,” a wry observation from a young woman who grew up in a library.

In the comments, someone asked I am able to keep all of the books, or if I face “tough decisions.” I have not kept all of the books, but that did not involve tough decisions; after all, not every book is a keeper. We sold or donated more than a quarter of the library before our last move and nearly that much again when our home education adventure concluded; and my rate of acquisition since then has not yet outpaced the shelving space with which we outfitted the forever home.

The space is finite, though, something my husband and daughters, who often help me shelve and shift, regularly remind me.

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Recent acquisitions.

3 thoughts on “We live in a library.

  1. I am recently (and unwillingly) divorced. My now ex-wife did not want the house so I got it. Now, I don’t want to live in it. As I plan my move, I daydream about a house that will be a library. I am now in a position to plan for exactly that and it excites me. To be surrounded by my books rather than trying to cram them all into a single room is an exciting prospect.

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