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The magical world of libraries

Harper Collins

Harper Collins

I first fell in love with libraries when I was in elementary school. We actually had “library period”. We were taught the Dewey Decimal System and how to use card catalogs (before the computer!). I still love those old card catalogs. I wonder where you can get them? Then we’d have time to peruse the shelves and take out books. That made me happy. I discovered Dr. Seuss, the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary and the Choose Your Own Adventure books by R.A. Montgomery. Yay! We actually had a “pit” in our library. An area where we could sit and read. It was cool. I think “pits” were very popular in the 1970s – if it was “sunken” it was considered cool.

Current Publisher: Chooseco Original Publisher: Bantam

Current Publisher: Chooseco
Original Publisher: Bantam

I also loved the city library’s bookmobile. Oh, boy that was fun. The bookmobile would show up at our school once a week – usually after school or on the weekend. And we would go inside and find lots of great books to take out. I discovered Judy Blume there and books about travel and animals in far off places. My older sister loved all the biographies about kings and queens.

My high school library was where I first discovered historical romances. Kathleen Woodiwiss’s The Flame and the Flower and The Wolf and the Dove. I was hooked from that point on.

My university library was where I spent a ton of time. That didn’t give me as much pleasure. More angst than anything else. But I was always glad I could find a little nook to study.

I still love libraries. I visit my local branch at least once a week. The librarians know me and they ask how my work is going. They know I used to work in TV and now they know I work in publishing. At one point I wrote for a reality show – called The Letters, which was kind of like The Bachelor, only the bachelors and the bachelorette never saw each other (until the end!). Instead, they had to write love letters to each other. I had to do a ton of research for that. Reading romantic poetry by Byron and sonnets by Shakespeare. I had to create challenges for the guys that referenced those writers. That was lots of fun.

Libraries are places to discover and escape, learn and imagine. Libraries show us how much potential we have. They are full of ideas that other people have written down and shared with us. How wonderful is that?

Do you have any fond memories of libraries growing up? Or libraries you’ve encountered on your travels?

I know that our Lachesis authors love libraries too, but why not look up their books here? 🙂

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100_4277Joanna D’Angelo is Editor in Chief at Lachesis Publishing Inc. She loves Cinnamon Dolce Lattes, a good book, and libraries!

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What’s a Keeper? (books you love)

Do you have “keepers”? Those books you’ve read over and over again, so much so, that the covers are dog-eared or falling off? Ahem, some of us still read paper backs and hard covers.

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 11.31.42 AMI have “keepers”, my “go-to” books for when I need a quick pick-me-up. I know the books inside out because I’ve read them so many times, so I just go to my favourite scenes. Some of my keepers are: Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas, Duchess by Night by Eloisa James, Bet Me by Jenny Crusie and of course – the entire Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn.

Here’s a scene from one of my “keeper” Scottish medieval romances, Ransom, by Julie Garwood. (1999) The hero, Brodick is a highlander and the heroine, Gillian is a proper English lady. In this scene they have just been married and she’s asking him about his home:

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 11.32.04 AMHe was humbled by her faith and love. “Now that I’m married, I’ll have to make some changes,” he remarked.

“Such as?”

“You’ll probably want a home.”

“You don’t have a home now?”


“Where do you sleep?” she asked, trying not to sound appalled.

“On the ground. I much prefer it to a soft bed.”

“But what do you do when it rains?”

“I get wet.”

The first time I read that scene, I burst out laughing. Brodick and Gillian have such a vibrant chemistry, with lots of humour. I still laugh when I read it. Even after fifteen years, the hero and heroine of Ransom are still alive and well and their story is still as funny and sweet as it was when I first read it. That’s why I go back to those scenes. Because they still evoke that “happy place” feeling I got the first time I read the book. In fact, now it’s like the warm glow you feel when visiting an old friend. And that’s what “keepers” are. Wonderful old friends, that never let you down. They are always there to make you smile.

If you’re interested in some possible keepers of your own, check out our Lachesis Publishing authors.

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100_4277Joanna D’Angelo is Editor in Chief at Lachesis Publishing Inc. She loves Cinnamon Dolce Lattes, a good story, and her old paperbacks.

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