Monday, January 12, 2009
Today, on a trip to my local public library, I discovered that they were using their old card catalog cards as scrap paper. I was heart broken. I felt I just *had* to liberate a few as personal mementos. I looked through about a dozen 3 inch stacks of cards to find some that looked particularly interesting. Most of the titles and authors started with the letter "P".
I guess A-O were already used up. I love that I found the card for Norman Vincent Peale's book, "The Power of Positive Thinking".
I just came to the realization, that most teenagers don't even know what a card catalog is. They just sit down at a computer terminal and click "search" to find what they need.
I started reading at the age of four, and have owned a library card for as long as I can remember. I grew up at a time when they would slip a piece of pink paper into a pocket inside the front cover of the book. These slips of paper would be hand stamped with the due date, and would be re-used as scrap paper when the books were returned. I'm so ancient. :o)
So what will I do with these cards? Not sure yet. I was contemplating painting then with watercolor washes and drawing on them. (Mandalas - could you have guessed?) Or maybe I will leave them intact. Either way, I'm happy to hold them in my hands. To look at the different font types. To turn them over and see the impressions that the typewriter keys made some 30+ years ago. To look at the smoothed and thumb worn edges from thousands of school children that had to find books for school assignments.