Library Love

Friday, March 4, 2011

I am mildly (okay, insanely) obsessed with libraries. Walking into a library is like walking into a church for me, I love that everyone is quiet and respectful and you can get so much done! For a long time I bought all my books but reading a book a week gets expensive! Now I get a stack of books from the library, read as many as I can, and buy only the ones I love.

But I do have a confession to make, I have five different library cards for five different libraries in five completely different counties. I have a strong attachment to each library I get to know so even after I am gone, I can't bear to part with my library card.  I still carry around my San Diego card and I haven't lived there for 2 years.

Strange, right?

Someday I want to have walls full of bookshelves in my house, full of all my favorite books I have collected. Ideally I want a whole room devoted to a library full of books but I am willing to compromise, maybe an office/library? Right now I am drooling over these two from Covet Garden and Design Sponge. The first one inspires me to update my dream library to include a ladder and the second one is so clever I don't know why everyone with stairs doesn't have this done.

Happy Friday everyone, have a wonderful weekend! I am going to hopefully get started on my terrarium this weekend, I'll post pictures next week!

Library Photo by Emily Tebbetts {See it here}


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i saw Ron White the comedian last night and he had a skit about libraries, so this made me laugh! - i do enjoy a good book and i LOVE when they are used as 'decor' ..

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Tamuna said...

I'm obsessed with books and dream of having a beautiful library one day too! I used to go to this small library in a cozy neighborhood of SF (on Sunset blvd) and that summer, I probably read around 10 books! I love everything about books!

Happy weekend!

Day-Dreamin' Optimist said...

@Erika: Ron White is hilarious! Lucky you for seeing him in live!

@Julie: Yeah book-worms unite!! To have a library in my very own home has been my life-long dream as well! *picture me giving you a high five* lol. My parents had a mini-library full of old books, and I am slowly working on my own. If only books were not so spendy! So I do the same as you, I am blessed to live only a block away from my library :) lucky me. I loved this post, I dig it!

Leanna said...

Oh my word... that first one is insanely awesome! I'm the sort of person that reads a book once and doesn't usually read it again (unless it was REALLY good), but even so I want to have a really awesome library like these someday.

Drew {Coral Cafe} said...

thanks for following my blog! following you back ;)

I am the same way with books...I just moved back to NC and can't get another library book until I change licenses. I can't bring myself to buy a book unless its got a pretty cover or is a life changing book. Thank goodness for libraries!! ;)

Hope you have a great weekend!!

Fresh Out said...

Favorite book that you've read recently? :)

Julie {love, julie} said...

Tamuna: I want to know what library, I am in SF all the time!

Day-Dreaming: I love collecting old books, I have a lot from antique stores, if you aren't picky about the book or minor wear and tear there are great deals out there! I wish I could walk to my library, you are lucky!

Lenanna: I know how you feel! I never reread books unless they are insanely good but I like having my favorites just to look at :)

Leslie: I just finished Water for Elephants and it was good, I am excited to see if the movie will live up to the book! Now I am re-reading Jane Ere because I love all things Bronte sisters :)

Little Lj said...

I love this - the staircase idea is so simple but so effective!

natasha {schue love} said...

Julie! I love your blog as well! It's brilliant!!! As an English major, I have to say-I love libraries too! They're great. Thanks for being my new friend! :)

sarahbear said...

I love the home library pictures you posted - the one with the ladder is definitely a dream house picture and the books on the side of the stair case is such a cute idea! I am reading Jane Eyre right now, too - what a coincidence! I am looking forward to seeing the movie when it comes out. :)

Do you live within walking distance to downtown Campbell? I know there is a great little library right in downtown!

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

thats kinda fun that you have that many library cards! my boyfriend and i love to go on saturday morning library dates! :) have a great weekend. xoxo jcd :: cornflake dreams

Megan said...

Beautiful pictures! I love when people have bookshelves under their staircase. It's such a fun way to use that space!

la petite coquine said...

I'm introduced to your blog on the day you're talking about libraries? It's too perfect! Love, love, love!

Can't wait to read more!

xo, Lena

Aurum Doily said...

Awe, this entry brought back memories. My mom used to take me and my brothers to the library nearly every weekend. I love books.

I have a small collection of children's books I plan on turning into a nursery library whenever I have kids.

Styles 'n Cream said...

I wpould love to organiza all ofour books in a libabry wall in our home. But first we need some beautiful floor to ceiling bookshelves.

Emily said...

Thanks so much for your sweet comment and for stopping by my blog!! I love yours too! And that library in the first pic....amazing!

{av} said...

a) I'm loving your blog {repeat} LOVING your blog!
b) I'm also mildly obsessed with libraries, as evidence here.
c) the bookshelf with the ladder makes me think of Beauty and the Beast :) which includes one of my favorite libraries of all time haha.
d) can't wait to see more from you!
xoxo {av}

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About Last Weekend said...

Hi there, have been obsessed with books and libraries since I was a kid. Librarians are the most interested and resourceful people I know. Give them a subject and they will hunt it down. When I was a kid (Ohope Beach, NZ) on Friday night we would buy a block of chocolate and head to the library. Love these images and now wish maybe I had made room for a bookshelf in our re-model...Have a great weekend!

Cleverly Inked said...

I don't have a cute quaint library I end up going to used bookstores instead

Adrian said...

Love love love libraries and books, too! You are speaking to a kindred spirit with this post. I love that staircase library arrangement, so clever!

btw, thanks for the comment love from Mingle Monday!! can't wait to get to know ya better :)

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