Feisty Froggy Reads Through the Library

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One of my favorite things to do around the lily pad is to relax and read a good book. Since I happen to be employed by the Fulton County Public Library, I am surrounded by good books. Even If I worked elsewhere I would still be making frequent trips to the wonderful world of books found at the library.

There are so many wonderful resources and services at the library that I’ve often wondered how to take advantage of them all. One day as I was hopping around amongst the stacks looking for my next book, I had an idea. It was a crazy idea, but an intriguing one. Although I read all sorts of things, I am primarily a nonfiction reader. What would happen, I wondered, if I could start at 000 and work my way through the entire library? Thus began my ludicrous and amusing project of reading through the entire Fulton County Public Library.

In the coming posts, I will be sharing my journey–and it’s surprises–that have resulted from this enterprise. Obviously no one can read every single book there is to read so right from the beginning I made it my intention to read representative books from each section of the library as well as to experience all of the library’s resources. This is still quite an ambitious goal. I’ve laughed, learned, and even cried at times on this journey.  I invite you to follow me in my endeavor and you may just find yourself laughing, learning, and maybe a bit teary eyed at times as well.

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24 thoughts on “Feisty Froggy Reads Through the Library

    1. Glad you liked it, Anonymous. I hope you will enjoy the upcoming posts as well. They will be posted every other week. The next one will be posted October 16th. I look forward to interacting with you.

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  1. You just started this blog? Thank you for finding my blog so fast. You noticed I’m a big supporter of public libraries, and I live in Savannah. Does the Fulton County Public Library have all the books I listed? I forgot to list The Tao of Physics, by Fritjof Capra, 1975. It’s a good blend of quantum physics and philosophy, for the mathematically inclined.

    Will be following,
    KCO

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    1. Yes. This blog was just launched October 2nd. Yes I noticed your appreciation of libraries. I also noticed that you were from Georgia. I formerly lived in Georgia so I’m familiar with Fulton County there and somewhat familiar with Savannah although I’ve never been to Savannah. I haven’t looked up all of the titles you listed, but I’m confident that we either have them or could get them through Evergreen which is our library consortium. Thank you for following my blog!

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  2. Thanks for liking my Sell the TV and Read post. I’m thrilled you work at the Fulton library. I live in Savannah and am a big supporter of public libraries, not so much financially, but with my big mouth. For the philosophically inclined and mathematically challenged, The Tao of Physics, by Fritjof Capra, 1975 is worth a look. Capra is an astrophysicist who claims quantum physics is discovering empirically what Eastern mystics have always known. About the nature of space and time, and qi, or life force.

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    1. Thank you for your interest in libraries, Katherine! I’m thrilled you saw my work. We have at times been confused with the Fulton County, Georgia library. However the library I work for is in Indiana. Regardless thank you for your support! Quantum physics have always been interesting to me, though I couldn’t begin to understand everything involved with the topic!

      I hope you will be following my blog progresses. I plan to post every other Friday.

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  3. About quantum theory. Anybody who claims to understand it is either deluded or lying. That’s what’s so exhilarating about the scientific acknowledgement of life beyond technology. This is what quantum theory suggests.

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  4. I don’t like math. Math and I do not speak the same love language. We have a mural understanding with each other. It doesn’t like me and I don’t like it.

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  5. Very ambitious plan! Aren’t you worried you’ll have to red lots of boring stuff? And if you work your way round in order you’ll end up reading book after book on the same topic and might long for a change!
    I’ll be interested to follow this experiment. Good luck!

    Zoe

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  6. Hi Zoe,

    Thank you for your comments.

    Worried? No. However, I have had to trudge through a few books that weren’t quite suited to my tastes. However, I stuck with the plan and have actually developed a new appreciation for certain topics (more on this is likely to come out in future posts).

    As noted in my post, no one would be able to read every single book there is to read so I’ve tried to pick representative books from each Dewey section. In general I shelf-browse until I have 5 books and go from there. This has proven to be a pretty effective strategy. It also means I don’t have to read 5 books all on the same topic. Depending on the subject matter at hand, though, different authors perspectives on the same topic can be quite interesting at times.

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  7. I worked in college libraries as I began my employment journey and loved it. I could have had a career in that field had I not been young and impulsive. I loved my work. One of my favorite tasks was to repair old books. My husband and I were recently dependent on the local library for Internet connection. I will be forever grateful for their kindness for leaving it on all the time so people can access it from their parking lot. Spending a lot of time inside the library, we were surprised in the difference in atmosphere. While we observed the old “silence” rule by whispering, others didn’t. There was loud conversation, kids running and playing,

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    1. You are right that the atmosphere in libraries has changed. There are still a few “old school” quiet libraries around, some libraries have “quiet zones”, and still others (and I would guess these are the majority) are just the way you described. Libraries are a social place and fill social needs. For many patrons the library serves as their “Third Place”–the place the go to hang out that isn’t work or home.

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  8. Whoops! and they even have a community events in adjacent rooms not to mention an after school program of teens. Ok the after school program is a good thing although I did see kids hanging outside smoking once. My point is that it was noisy. Have things changed that much?

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