Friday, January 21, 2011

Last Library Book Sale in Kentucky (for me)

It snowed yesterday, which is just rare enough an occurrence in western Kentucky to be noteworthy.

Yesterday was also the opening day of the McCracken County Friends of the Library winter book sale. Practicality tells me that the last thing I need is another box of books to drag across the country, but to paraphrase my mom, "Neither rain, nor snow, nor heat... nor common sense shall keep the Brengans from the library book sale."

I spent almost as much time talking to people as I did buying books this year. And I was reminded that high on the list of things I'm going to miss when I move are the bi-annual book sales, the Friends of the Library volunteers, the McCracken County (and the Graves County) Library's book club, and the library staff.

As you can see, I was more restrained than usual.

But I'm pleased with my purchases. This was one of those years where it seemed like I had a future self/reading-doppelganger who had read the books I wanted and then donated them to the sale. I'm still floating on my "great book buys" high.

On another note, I wanted some photos of our cardinals against the snow, but the local wildlife all fled from the photographer in squeaky snow boots.

I had to settle for other signs of life.

The neighbor's cat.

A rabbit.

A dog. (And my hand, for scale.)

Lots of birds.

Is it just me, or does that last set of bird footprints look a like a tiny pair of human hands?

There's probably a poem in that somewhere.


  1. Love your mom's quote. Love this whole piece. Also, nice touch with the "for-scale" glove in the dog-track picture.

  2. Aww--you're making me homesick already!

  3. Yes, they do look like tiny human handprints.

  4. Nice grab on the Seamus Heaney books, love him.

  5. We can't imagine a book sale without the Brengans. It just won't be the same. We always look forward to sharing and discussing our finds and in receiving recommendations from you and your family. All of you shall be sorely missed.

    Jeff and Beth.

  6. Jeff--Thank you! We'll all miss you and your family. I have several books to look up thanks to you.

    Brett--I've just started on Seamus Heaney (working my way through _Human Chain_), but he's really growing on me.