About This Blog

Don't get me wrong. It's not that I'm not on board with the whole ebook thing. I enjoy books in all their formats. But there is nothing quite like a bookstore with its neatly arranged shelves of books and artfully created displays of new arrivals, best sellers, and suggested reading. I especially enjoy discovering small, independent bookstores and have made it my mission to visit and report back on as many of these gems as I can. That is my focus, but there is really nothing that is off limits as long as it is about books or reading. Hope you enjoy my blog and come back often.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

New Favorite Library

I have many things for which I am exceedingly grateful, and I count my wonderful, inventive husband chief among my blessings. He put his many creative talents to work to create a unique Little Free Library to present to me for my birthday. My new favorite library is actually a Little Free Beach Library as it lives on the beach at our summer cottage near Baldwin, Michigan.

Currently it rests on top of a picnic table, but will soon be installed on a post. Also in the works is an official designation. I am in the process of registering it with LittleFreeLibrary.org after which my LFL will have an official charter number and a charter sign that will be added to the front of the diminutive building.

The library has so far received a fair amount of business from a variety of readers. Happily, there are young readers as well as mature readers with various reading interests. I have already enjoyed a few conversations on the beach about books and reading.

My husband created this LFL mainly from found materials. He adheres to the old saying, "Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do, or do without." So when he found an old radio cabinet free for the taking alongside the road, the project was underway.

He added plexiglass to a picture frame to create a door, built a roof and shelves with scraps of wood, and topped it off with leftover shingles. The sides are papered with book jackets from favorite titles (including two books written by my father-in-law), book marks from some favorite places (including one from the high school library where I worked), some of our favorite book pages (including some treasured pages from Deep Wood Press--see earlier blog post), and a few items with special meaning for us thrown in for good measure.

Many thanks to my awesome husband Jim for giving me yet another reason to love being up at the lake. I am truly blessed!

Note: You may have seen some Little Free Libraries in your neck of the woods. They are springing up everywhere. But if you aren't familiar with the Little Free Library project, I encourage you to visit the official web site: https://littlefreelibrary.org.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Cup of Tea and a Book

A cup of tea and a book? How about a teacup made from a book? I know. I know. Some book lovers are horrified by the thought of pages being torn from their books. But if the purpose is to recreate something beautiful from those old pages, then the book lives on in a new form, kind of a literary reincarnation, if you will. That is precisely what artist Cecilia Levy does. She uses books in a novel way (pun definitely intended). From the pages of old books spring lovely, new works of art like the one pictured above. Now that is a wonderful way to recycle.

To learn about the artist and see more of her fantastic creations click here:  Book Art.