That was my first trip to the library. The second was a search for children's books. This weekend, we're heading up to Michigan's UP to visit my husband's family and so I can sing my first-ever recital. I'm excited about the trip, but less so about the two-day drive in each direction. Lately, I've been able to read in a car if the stories are simple and the text is large, so I requested a few old favorites or neglected classics from the off-site library. Why are children's books never kept in the main library on college campuses? Does nobody really read them? They make such a perfect escape from writing term papers! Anyway, here's what I got: Kate DiCamillo's The Tale of Despereaux, Mary Norton's complete Borrowers, both new to me, and two favorites that I haven't read since my elementary school days, Adam of the Road and The Egypt Game. Together, these books were bigger and heavier than I expected, so I had to do quite a bit of juggling to get them to fit on my bike along with my workout bag and purse.
Finally, despite the shiny new stacks of old library books, book-reading choices never really do go the way you've planned. I was grabbed by this Shusaku Endo novel during dinner at a friend's house last night, and they graciously allowed me to borrow it (good thing too, since I was already about a chapter in and completely mesmerized). I really do need to read everything this man has ever written.