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this week's library book

I recently read Jill Lepore's article in the New Yorker about the creation of children's libraries. It was a novel idea to set aside a space just for children, and even allow children to check out books and take them home. "If you could sign your name, you could borrow a book." I wish I could see one of the original ledgers where children signed out their books.. they must be somewhere!

Even though my two kids are still too young to read on their own, we frequent the library. There is a new one closer to our home, but I prefer to drive to the old one, where I went as a girl with my mom. I check out books with my kids at the same desk.

I've been gone from California for about 15 years, five years away at college, then ten years living in New York City. When I signed up for my new library card, the clerk pulled up my file. I was still in the system.. and I even had a $12 fine. 

I'll be sharing some of our favorite books in future posts, but here's one we checked out this week: Lyle, Lyle Crocodile. The tale of a sweet crocodile living in Manhattan (a few blocks from my old apartment on East 89th street). I adore the quirky illustrations, and the kids wonder what Lyle will do next. (one in a long series by Bernard Waber)

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love it, love you brooke.

09.3.2008 | Unregistered Commenterscout

o.k., o.k., I'll stop bugging you about going to our closer library now.

09.3.2008 | Unregistered Commenterem

I love you blog Brooke! Its so perfectly you.

09.3.2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoelle

I'll have to check that one out with my kids. I really need to go get Liam a library card.

09.3.2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndi

brooke- just stumbled on this from Lena Corwin's blog! Love it! I hope you are well--- sara hicks malone

What a joy to see Lyle Lyle Crocodile again after so many years! I loved these books when I was a child and was lucky enough to meet Bernard Waber on several occasions when I worked at a Long Island bookstore in the 1990s (he's a long time resident of LI). I remember him as being a very kind and friendly man and still have a drawing of Lyle that he did for me!

I also found your blog through Lena Corwin's and look forward to reading all your postings in the future!

09.5.2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Z.

Hurray for children's libraries! Hurray for ALL libraries! I read somewhere that the notion of a public library is really so radical, that if our very insightful forbears had not established them and fought for them, they would NEVER be established today. Think of it--paid for by tax dollars, free to the people, uncensored. Quite the radical notion.

09.6.2008 | Unregistered CommenterKathieB

Great blog! and great Book pick!

oh, i love this post. i'm a huge library lover and have posted about it a cople times myself, so i know the love...

09.12.2008 | Unregistered Commentermolly

Hi Brooke. I just stumbled upon your blog think it's just lovely. I am a preschool teacher and have enjoyed looking through your library book reviews. I would love to recommend "How to Heal a Broken Wing" by Bob Graham. It's one of my new favorites.

02.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah DeVore

I came across your blog looking for images for Lyle Lyle Crocodile.
I recently purchased my grandaughter a JellyCat corduroy alligator.
I commented to my daughter how much the toy looked like Lyle, one of our favorite bedtime stories. Lyle is still around in the library where I work but he isn't as popular as he used to be. He would need some serious repackaging to appeal to most children now. But, I am going to buy the Lyle Lyle anthology for my grandaughter anyway. So much fun to read now that we have a stuffie who looks like Lyle.
Lovely blog..I will be reading more

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