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.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Bigger And Better

Glen Lake Community Library
10115 Front Street
Empire, MI 49630

If you've been following my blog for very long, you may have already reached the obvious conclusion that I am having a love affair, yes, a love affair with the Great Lakes State, the Water Wonderland, the Mitten State—my Michigan, the beautiful state I call home. One of the things I love most about Michigan is the abundance of magnificent coastline. And one of the things I make a point to do each summer is take a drive north along scenic M-22 on the Lake Michigan shoreline. This year I didn't have to wait until summer. On the first Saturday in May, an opportunity to take that spectacular drive presented itself when the small community of Empire celebrated a ground breaking for the Glen Lake Community Library expansion.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Celebrating Indy Bookstores

Celebrate books, bookstores, and the joy of reading? I do that pretty much every day. I am so thankful that brick-and-mortar bookstores have not become obsolete as many predicted they would. To the contrary, I have found that bookstores are often the heart and soul of a community. They are about more than just books. They are about the people, fellow avid readers who can discuss books and also offer suggestions for that one book that may be your next great read.

Sometimes bookstores provide quiet, comfortable places to sit with a cup of coffee and peruse a new potential favorite title. Sometimes bookstores provide performance spaces where visitors can listen to a poetry reading, hear an author speak, or enjoy some music. And sometimes bookstores are about celebration. Once a year on the last Saturday in April, bookstores across the country celebrate books, bookstores, and the joy of reading on Independent Bookstore Day. This year I was not about to be left out of the celebration.