If you are anything like me and my family, you may have a book or two, or fifty, on loan from your local library at any given time. However, on March 15, 2020, all Durham County Public Library [Durham, North Carolina] locations closed to the public until further notice. With the closing of even the drop boxes, my family became the responsible book keepers of a few books for an indefinite amount of time. Okay, 22 books to be exact! I thought it would be fun to share which ones!
What the Kids are Reading
Just under half the books we have were picked by my twelve and nine year old sons. My nine year old is the historian-in-the-making, so it was a complete surprise when my oldest son borrowed history books on one of our last trips to the library.
- Frederick Douglass: Slave, Writer, Abolitionist by Brenda Haugen
- Phillis Wheatley: Slave and Poet by Robin S. Doak
- Lincoln and the Jews: A History by Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell
- The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary
Graphic novels are very popular in my household. I am not the biggest fan of them. However, if graphic novels keep my boys interested in reading, I cannot complain too much. We are currently the responsible keepers of these four graphic novels.
- Compass South by Hope Larson
- The Graveyard Book, Volume 1 by Neil Gaiman
- El Deafo by Cece Bell
- Drama by Raina Telgemeier
My nine year old decided on books related to classroom reading: a couple of retold ‘epic poems’.
- Homer’s The Iliad retold by Gillian Cross
- Homer’s The Odyssey retold by Gillian Cross
My Pick for Elijah (and Possibly Samir)
Ten books down. Twelve to go. Although I am responsible for picking the last twelve, I picked one with Elijah in mind.
- Keyboarding Made Simple by Leigh E. Zeitz
When I was in middle (or high school), I took a typewriting class; during a time when being online was a novice idea. Typing, or keyboarding, is an much more important skill today than I could have imagined 25+ years ago. It is, therefore, surprising to not see more dedicated classes to enhance the skill.
The Books I Have More Time to Explore
My sons are much better that I am when I comes to reading borrowed library books. I am, however, deciding to embrace this unexpected time with these books as an opportunity to actually explore them.
- Imam Bukhari’s Book of Muslim Morals and Manners compiles by Muhammad Ibn Ismail Al Bukhari
- Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living by Jason Gay
- At Home with Handmade Books by Erin Zamrzla
- The Non-Designer’s Design Book by Robin Williams
- Creative Lettering Edited by Jenny Doh
- The 24-Hour Customer by Adrian C. Ott
- Spark: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success by Angie Morgan, Courtney Lynch, and Sean Lynch
- the zen of social media marketing by Shama Hyder Kabani
- Pitch Perfect: How to Say it Right the First Time, Every Time by Bill McGowan and Alisa Bowman
- this is social media: tweet, blog, link, and post your way to business success by Guy Clapperton
- The Infographic Guide for Entrepreneurs by Carissa Lytle and Jara Kern
The Responsible Book Keepers
After a few weeks, we are still getting used to how different our lives are compared to just two months ago. Although there is a great deal of worry, anxiety, and fear right now, there is also room to explore benefits of our new reality. I am choosing to recognize our extended time with these library books as a positive consequence of this traumatic situation.
Would you like to hear more about any of these books? Have you read any of them? Do you have borrowed library books, CDs, or DVDs that you are the keeper of until libraries open back up to the public? Are there any books, CDs, or DVDs that you wish you still had from the library? Comment below – we would love to hear from you.
Note: Although libraries are closed, many still have online materials available. Durham County [North Carolina] residents can even get temporary library cards. Check out the website of your local library to see what they have available.
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