A Weekend to Recharge and Reflect…

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It’s been a weekend of trying to hit the reset button. Fortunately, the weather cooperated. Sunny and warm, I walked with a friend, treated myself to some brightly colored flowers, and contributed to the National Resources Defense Council (https://www.nrdc.org). After spending three days feeling heartbroken about President Trump’s plan to unravel President Obama’s progress on mitigating the effects of climate change, I did the only thing I could think of – begin learning about organizations that help protect our planet.

Because I’ve had trouble reading anything but news, today’s post includes lots of pictures…

A few days ago, I went to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to see “Beyond Words: Italian Renaissance Books.”  The exhibit is on view until January 16, and is a must-see for book lovers.  The focus of the small show are the Italian humanists and their glowing illuminated manuscripts.



I was recently in Barnes and Noble thinking that it has almost completely transformed into a coloring book and toy store.  Of course, books are available, but there seem to be fewer every time I go in.  Thanks to a friend, though, who shared something she found at her father’s house, we have evidence that Barnes and Noble used to exclusively sell books – a catalog from 1963…..


You may not be able to see the prices very well, but in the picture above, The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone is 95 cents!

It’s nice to see there are books “for the ladies” about curtains and patchwork patterns….


And apparently, you could travel around Europe for $5.00 a day….


Moments from last week in the library….


The first two pictures below are groups of kids looking at wordless picture books by Jeannie Baker, an artist and illustrator dedicated to preserving the environment.  First, I read The Little House, the classic picture book by Virginia Lee Burton, to a group of 4th and 5th grade students. Next, they looked at Baker’s books, Window and Home, and I asked them to make connections between books that were written nearly 70 years apart.



This picture shows why we order two copies of some books….


Finally, a picture of a book cover – just to close the post with something beautiful…



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