library leaves

October 28, 2010
lately, busy.
but not too busy to collect a few fall leaves on my walk to the library.
leaves4 what have you been up to lately?

ps. do you know what i miss most about old library books? i bet you can guess.

yes, of course, the little cards in the back that let you know who had checked out the book before you. in college i would look for the old books in the library just so i could read the names:

’emily jones, october 8, 1931′
‘meredith smith, february 20, 1935’

i don’t know, sometimes i guess i just like a little reminder of my place in the scheme of things.

here, a fellow alumna’s look at the women who came before us. i spent the better part of college writing about these gals, so this site makes me happy. enjoy.

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  • Reply Laura Keller October 28, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I do some dog walking in my spare time and am guilty of picking up leaves all along my walks… At this time of year I just can't resist!

  • Reply the real mia October 28, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Oooh, what lovely lovely colors. I'm so excited for the Autumn pallet.

  • Reply Meg October 28, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    hi erin! ahh i love library books… my favorite part is the smell, especially of the really old books, but really any book that's been loved by many hands has a wonderful musty smell to it.

  • Reply Novelista Barista October 28, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    i hear you… i liked those cards too!

  • Reply Char October 28, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    i remember those cards – i love those old stamp too for the dates

  • Reply the chirpy bird October 28, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Aw a fellow sentimental gal! I feel exactly the same way!
    xox tash

  • Reply Conny October 28, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Ahh yes, something an e-reader can't compete with ~ all those cards, and yes the little date stamps. I kind of miss the old card catalogue too. :>)

    I've been collecting leaves that blow across our parking lot at work. I bring the good ones into my office.

  • Reply cindy October 28, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    love your leaves and the cards with the names. yes, i loved those.

  • Reply Denise | Chez Danisse October 29, 2010 at 3:54 am

    I've been seeing too many green and brown leaves lately. I want some beautiful ambers and golds. Hmph.

    I too miss the cards in books. I also miss card catalogs. When I was in graduate school our little art library still had a card catalog system and was just transitioning to electronic files when I graduated.

    Your leaves are very pretty. I'm jealous.

  • Reply Hiking in Stilettos October 29, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    The cards were my favorite thing about library books, too. I went to an historical womens college, so it was both special and empowering to see the names of those who went before me.

    Happy fall and leaf collecting.

  • Reply yasmine October 29, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    those cards were my favorite too! some libraries still have them, but they don't have the same nostalgic feel to them. happy fall!!

  • Reply Emily October 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I so miss the old library cards! I adored them!

  • Reply Ginny October 29, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    These borrower cards with pockets are on etsy!

  • Reply DianeCruz October 29, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    lately I've been sewing and trying not to give myself a hard time about not working out. lol.

  • Reply Pretty Neat Designs October 30, 2010 at 1:51 am

    My husband finally got the courage to make a gesture because one of those little cards in a library book! I had been eyeing him on campus but heard he was shy. Then one night I came home to the dorm to find a note that said, "I recently checked out 'Notes from the Asylum' and saw that you were the only other person who checked out the book. I didn't think people stilled borrowed books – call it an 80's phenomena – and thought it was reason for fanfare." I will never forget how excited that note made me. It was the start. I asked him out a couple weeks later and we just celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary. Because of that little card in the back of a library book.

  • Reply The Lil Bee October 31, 2010 at 2:02 am

    What a cool tumblr site. That first image is awesome. I miss the library, too. Growing up, a bunch of us used to go there every day after school until our parents could pick us up. We did our homework there and definitely caused some havoc. Remember the card catalogs?!

    PS: LOVED Blue Hill. Too bad we missed each other:(

  • Reply Could I Have That? November 1, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    my brother went to boarding school in new hampshire, every time my parents would come home from visiting him my mom would bring back tons of these leaves to decorate our house with… loved them

  • Reply classiq November 4, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    fall colors are so beautiful!

  • Reply Jonathan November 6, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    The school that I work at still use library cards. Now that I am a teacher at that school, I sometimes wonder if I will ever stumble upon books with library cards that have my name on it from the days when I was a student at this school. I kinda doubt that I will ever stumble upon this, but it would be cool!

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