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The Biblio File: Library News

The Biblio File
April 26, 2021


Is it odd to think that you could be friends with someone you’ve never met based solely on what’s on their bookshelves?  Books are usually considered a source of enjoyment, knowledge and escape that only affects the person who has read them – but they have a bigger impact than that.

While going through some boxes of donated books it struck me how much a persons’ library can give you an insight into their personalities – to see what is or was important to them.  And not just the books but the book marks!  Every book had a book mark with little sayings or quotes, or pictures of animals.  Other books had interesting things in place of a book mark – dried flowers and ferns carefully pressed inside a Kleenex, recipe cards, fridge magnets, old newspaper clippings relevant to the book.  In one I found the Columbia House CD or cassette club sticker page – who remembers tearing off their favorite bands, adding them to the grid provided and mailing it off while anticipating the music arriving a few weeks later?  That brought back a great memory I didn’t even remember I had!  I felt like I knew this person based on the contents of their books – never mind the books themselves.  Books are like time capsules…they give a little history of the person that loved and collected them.

Book review by patron Robert Hill – thank you Robert!

What makes a good cook?  I enjoy cooking, however, I follow recipes – I don’t have the talent for improving ingredients.  After reading “Salt Fat Acid Heat” by Samin Nosrat I have been encouraged to experiment with creating flavor.  Try this book and see where it leads you in your kitchen.