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Confessions Of An Unrefonrmed Bibliophile ~How To Enchance Your Library Visit


The photograph above is a picture of the first library I ever went to on my own.  I was 10 years old and living in Lodi, California.  Summers in Lodi are hot, and my most favorite thing in the world to do was hop on my bike, peddle down to the cool stone building on Pine Street, and wander the aisles of books in search of Peanut comics and juvenile fiction books to pass the summer hours away with. I still get that thrill of anticipation when summer arrives, and my mind immediately turns towards the public library.

 38 years later, I am still peddling my way down to a ‘cool stone building’ in the summertime.  Here are a few photos of the one I patronize now :

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I loved bringing my boys here in the summer when they were little, and now I have introduced B and Z to the joys and wonders of one of the greatest places on earth to spend the wilting summer days.  The ‘kids’ section is almost, if not more fascinating these days than the adult section.  Children’s literature seems to have experienced a boom in the last 20 years.. and the illustrationsdon’t even get me started on the level of awesome that goes into these books!  I feel like a kid in a candy store exploring the titles and creative artwork meant for pint sized patrons!

Support your local library, please.  In a digital age, the importance of preserving old fashioned book reading has never been more important.  We are already experiencing  the demise of brick and mortar book stores (oh ‘Borders’, how I still mourn thee!).  I believe if Starbucks didn’t exist, we’d be laying flowers at the grave of Barnes & Nobles too.  Go….now….trundle yourself down to that local institution where bound pages nestled between colorful coverings whisper of worlds unexplored and enchantments yet unknown!

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Healthy fare for the ‘Spoonie’ body~

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~Southwestern Fresh Corn Salad w/Jalapeno Ranch Dressing~

 ~niblets from about 8-10 ears of sweet corn

~1 small red onion, finely chopped

~1 small cucumber, chopped

~pint of cherry tomatoes, halved

~1 avocado, diced

~1 can black olives, sliced

~1 can black beans, drained

~fresh parsley, chopped

~red pepper flakes for garnishing

~Lighthouse Jalapeno Ranch Dressing (no HFC, no preservatives, no unpronounceable ingredients)

{found in the refrigerated salad dressing section}

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Combine all in bowl and top with as much dressing as you prefer.  Sprinkle pepper flakes over top.

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28 Comments

  • Reply
    Erin
    June 30 at 1:13 am

    I love this post! My mom is a librarian, and we grew up appreciating books and places that house books. It is so sad to see bookstores going under, but I have been seeing consignment book shops start to pop up, and there’s quite a few in Glasgow! It’s giving me SOME hope we don’t all have to buy our books from Amazon in the future! And that salad, YUM. I have been on a corn and black bean kick lately, I’ll have to give this a try!

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      Red
      June 30 at 8:34 am

      Thank you Erin! I wonder if they sell that dressing in Scotland, but then…WHO CARES?!…YOU’RE IN SCOTLAND!!!! LUCKY!!!!
      Wow, what an incredible adventure you must be having, I am of Scottish descent and would love to go there some day. Have a terrific one 🙂

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    Jenny Roe
    June 30 at 7:30 am

    oh my YUM! I saw the thumbnail on the link-up and immediately had to find out what this was. Also–great post!

    Jenny

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      Red
      June 30 at 8:31 am

      Thank you Jenny! It is a great recipe! Thanks for stoppin’! 😉

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    Kari
    June 30 at 8:51 am

    I totally agree! I loved going to the library in the summer as a kid. Its so important to keep supporting our libraries!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

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      Red
      June 30 at 12:18 pm

      AND learning to actually write with a pen, cursive writing, another lost and dying art!

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    Catie: An imperfect mum
    June 30 at 9:38 pm

    There is something really magical about libraries; the smell, the dust, the intelligent word filling the atmosphere that I love. Memories of weekly visits as a child. I am trying to foster that passion in my son. I have recently introduced him to Roald Dahl. I would really hate to see libraries go, you are so right we all need to support them. #SWM

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      Red
      July 1 at 1:11 am

      Totally agree Catie! We quote The Fantastic Mr. Fox around here all the time! Love it 😉

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    Jenny
    June 30 at 9:42 pm

    Oh I was a huge library fan when I was growing up. I really need to get back into it with the kids. We tend to go to the charity shop and just buy books as the kids love reading them over and over and I think libraries are great for that. You have motivated me. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

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      Red
      July 1 at 1:13 am

      Definitely Jenny, there’s something about that seemingly limitless amount of books that’s irresistible! 😉

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    Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows
    July 1 at 2:16 am

    Thailand doesn’t seem to have libraries. It’s such a shame. I used to love them when I was little.

    #sharewithme

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      Red
      July 1 at 10:55 am

      Oh! What a bummer! Hit one as soon as you make it back to the States! 😉

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    Merlinda Little
    July 2 at 9:19 am

    I love reading as a child but we dont have a library so I just read anything that I can get my hands on. Those newspaper that was used to wrap smoke fish from the market I read those. Old issues of Time magazine from my father’s work. Anything and everything helps.

    When I can finally afford to buy my own books I bought them. I try to save on food so I can buy the ones that I like. So I got heartbroken when almost all of my books were damaged when we got hit with flash flood. I reckon its okay as everyone I love is safe and alive.

    When I went here in the UK, I always stay in the libraries. I am so thankful they have libraries here and I wont get tired of going.

    #sharewithme

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      Red
      July 2 at 10:12 am

      Wow! So sorry about the flood and your books Merinda, how heartbreaking! I bet they have some incredible libraries in the UK. Have a wonderful day 🙂

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    Amber
    July 3 at 7:16 am

    I absolutely love this! I live in a small town and have grown up with my small community library. My friends don’t believe me that I still go to the library every week. It makes me so sad how libraries are becoming extinct, and the programs they have for kids are just so great!

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      Red
      July 3 at 10:41 am

      That’s great Amber! I LOVE small town libraries, people don’t know what they’re missing! Thanks for stoppin’ by! 🙂

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    Life Breath Present
    July 3 at 7:33 am

    We love books and reading and learning at our house, so we definitely travel to the local library on occasion. I know as Baby Boy continues to grow, we’ll be going even more frequently to check out more books and learn how to get and use a library card all his own.

    Libraries are fun and cool places all their own and though I may like the digital availability, I love what can happen just from a visit to the local library and checking out a book 🙂

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      Red
      July 3 at 10:42 am

      True! There is something magical about the library 😉

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    Marla
    July 3 at 8:27 am

    Hi Red,
    Libraries are a world of at our fingertips – where we can go any where and see any thing in a book. Love this salad recipe. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays Pinned & twitted.

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      Red
      July 3 at 10:43 am

      Thanks Marla! The salad is a good one 😉

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    Tina Muir
    July 6 at 10:49 am

    Yum! What a cool recipe! Love the combination, the more ingredients in a salad, the better for me, and this dressing sounds great too! Thanks so much for sharing with us for meatless monday 🙂

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      Red
      July 6 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks Tina! I love tons of ing in my salad too! 😉

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    Deborah Brooks
    July 6 at 11:04 am

    I love corn salad the spicier the better! Thanks for joining us for Meatless Monday today!

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      Red
      July 6 at 1:19 pm

      Thank you Deborah, YES! The spicier the better! Mucho caliente!!! 😉

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    Deborah Davis
    July 8 at 5:48 pm

    Hi Red,
    I could eat this salad every day! With hearty, delectable ingredients like these, I will be making this recipe for friends and family quite often. Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delicious Southwestern Fresh Corn Salad w/Jalapeno Ranch Dressing at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Link Up. I appreciate it and I’m pinning and sharing.

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      kristine
      July 8 at 10:29 pm

      It really is AWESOME Deborah! Thanks so much 😉

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    Miz Helen
    July 10 at 6:39 am

    Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great day and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

    • Reply
      kristine
      July 10 at 10:46 am

      Thanks so much Miz Helen! 🙂

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