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Just a heads up that I'm going dark for several weeks. I may still update posts/challenges but there will be no new content, not even Thursdays.

My Mom died and I'm taking each day as it comes, plus helping my Dad go through her stuff.

Jan 16 update: Mother-in-law, who I call Mom, is in the hospital for bypass surgery

Feb 19 update: MIL is home now :-D and slowly getting better. I'm still helping my Dad with Mom's stuff but since my brother is out of town, I'm spending 4 nights at his house every week for a month. It's MUCH closer to Dad's and they do meals together and hang out.

Mar 8 update: I'm having a blast with my Dad. MIL has gone back to the hospital

Monday, April 14, 2014

L is for . . .


You had to guess it would be, right?

I love to go through model homes and am always excited when "library" shows up on the floor plan. Too bad what designers think a library is and what I think a library is is so very different.

This is what usually shows up on a home tour. I beautiful room with bookshelves. The comfortable chair is a nice touch and adding the desk gives the room a multipurpose. And just plain looks nice.

The problem is . . . .


This is some of my print books. There are close to 3,000 books in these boxes and there are still some at home. Maybe even this many again!

See? A tame "home library" just isn't going to cut it for me. I need something along the lines of . . .

This is similar to what a local college has in the reference area of the library. You can't see the books all at once but you can get a greater number in a smaller footprint. The only walkway is between the shelves you're currently looking at. The whole bookcase moves to make a new aisle.

Not practical? How about something like this?

I go into a large model home with soaring ceilings and wonder if I could put a catwalk up there so I'd have more room for shelves.

My husband doesn't read like I do (he does have a job and other interests) so while he enjoys reading and puts up with my stash, I don't think he'd enjoy having this as a front room. ;-)

ummm. what about a building in the backyard?

What do you mean this is a library? It doesn't look like much from the outside but this would be fantastic! 

Peter Gluck designed this New York library for his wife Carol, a scholar. The lower, windowless part has room to store 10,000 books while the upper level is a work space with windows that complete slide out of the way.  

Yeah, I think a room designed to hold 10,000 books would do it for me. For now ;-)

One of these days, I'll have a library of my own to show you. I currently have two "empty" bedrooms that could be re-purposed. 

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Herding Cats - Burning Soup said...

LOL I am so with you. The "home libraries" are maybe enough to hold like 4 months of books. Heh. I would love one with a catwalk one day. Gah that would be awesome! I don't have quite as many as you but prob around 5000 at this point *gulp* and that's only a handful of years reading so far. lol

Red Iza said...

Such beautiful pictures of libraries, I love the one in the middle of the forest - calm guaranteed ;)


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