Because of Libraries We Can Say These Things by Naomi Shihab Nye
She is holding the book close to her body,
carrying it home on the cracked sidewalk,
down the tangled hill.
If a dog runs at her again, she will use the book as a shield.
She looked hard among the long lines
of books to find this one.
When they start talking about money,
when the day contains such long and hot places,
she will go inside.
An orange bed is waiting.
Story without corners.
She will have two families.
They will eat at different hours.
She is carrying a book past the fire station
and the five and dime.
What this town has not given her
the book will provide; a sheep,
a wilderness of new solutions.
The book has already lived through its troubles.
The book has a calm cover, a straight spine.
When the step returns to itself,
as the best place for sitting,
and the old men up and down the street
are latching their clippers,
she will not be alone.
She will have a book to open
and open and open.
Her life starts here.
Source: 5 Poems About Libraries
Looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day date?
How about a blind date … with a book?
Why date a book?
- No wondering who should pay (checking out library books is free)
- No need to impress or get new clothes; be yourself and wear what’s comfy
- Your date is always ready when you are
- No adverse consequences when you snuggle up with a book (even on a first date)
- No messy break-ups
- No embarrassing photos or stories posted online
- And … who knows? You may find your true love!
Stop by the Library on Valentine’s Day (Wednesday, February 14)
Choose your date from the “Blind Date with a Book” display. No worries if you can’t make it that day; we will leave the books on display for several days.
How it Works
- We wrapped up books from a variety of subject areas from our collection
- Other than some descriptive words on the wrapper, there are no clues about what book is inside
- A “Rate Your Date” form is included in each package
- Choose something that strikes your fancy, check it out (your BSC ID is your library card), read it, rate it, and return the book and the rating card to the Library’s front desk
- Rating forms are due on March 19 for a chance at a prize drawing on March 20
Be adventurous! Try something new!
Let the beauty and power of nature inspire your reading choices.
These books from the BSC Library will help you start your Reading Green campaign.
Check them out!
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day.
Want to know more about ice cream? Here’s a sampling of what you can find at the BSC Library:
You can’t do this with an ebook …