For the Love of a Book
April 03, 2013
Working in a public library has some very distinct advantages. For instance, I have opportunities each day to meet and assist some of the best people in the Kansas City metro area. Additionally, I have access to books…and I love to read. As a staff member, I am supposed to be unbiased when promoting library materials and services, not showing favoritism between authors or genres. Some days this is easier to do than others!
A few days ago, while sitting behind our circulation desk, I spied a book on one of our display cubes and instantly became giddy with excitement. It was a new book by Mitch Albom titled The Time Keeper. I absolutely adore Albom’s books, so I couldn’t keep myself from snatching it from the display and checking it out. I ignored the fact that I already had seven books plus a textbook at home that I was in various stages of reading, all for the love of a book.
If Albom’s name doesn’t sound familiar, it’s possible you still know his work. His books have been adapted to TV on more than one occasion. His first book was Tuesdays with Morrie. The Five People You Meet in Heaven, For One More Day, and Have a Little Faith are the titles that followed. His writing is, at times, poignant, and at other times, funny, but almost always thought-provoking. One thread that each of these books has in common is that they all deal with relationships and personal struggles. It may be wise to have Kleenex handy when you get to the endings.
The Time Keeper will not be listed as my all-time favorite book (yes, I have now read it) because another book holds that spot. But it was a great read, and I’m very glad I happened to see it on display that day.
Many treasures await you at the Library. Maybe you’ll find a book you love on your next visit.
Blue Ridge Branch