Libraries and Books and More! Oh, my…

At every stage of my life there have been books. As a kid growing up, a special gift book each Christmas from my mother. My country school library. During summers, there was the bookmobile.

As an adult, there have been books, bookstores, and libraries throughout the years. In fact, on every vacation I made it a point to visit the local library in towns on my trip. I read books about the area and looked up local writers, added them to my new authors list. Later, I worked as a public librarian and enjoyed open access to books. Got paid, too!

Several times I’ve blogged about the public library in Eureka Springs (AR) established with funds from the Dale Carnegie Foundation. (February 2016 and July 2016, With special glee, I found this very library in Remote Access: Small Public Libraries in Arkansas by Sabine Schmidt and Don House (2021). The book sports an introduction by Robert Cochran, Center for Arkansas and Regional Studies, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Constructed from a deep well of passion for Arkansas culture, her rural communities, and personal interviews, the book offers a priceless coffer of text and photographs. There is a certain nostalgia and joy in examining rural places and in finding a richness to the people that populate them. Remote Access is available through the University of Arkansas Press.

Not only have I loved books forever, been a book club leader, and collected more personal books that I have shelf space for, but I have also published three books and working on a fourth. As communities disappear, books go out of print, and cyber-media gobbles up time and energy, printed books still open hearts, minds, and adventures to those that read.


  1. Hi Nancy, Enjoyed reading this! I think we lived parallel lives especially with regard to working at a library…imagine being immersed in books and being paid for it! 😊 BUT, each time I went to the link to comment or like, your splash page appeared and it read “OOPS, the page you’re looking for is not available.” Hmmm. Just letting you know. Regards, Joan

    Sent from my iPhone



  2. Nancy,

    Thank you for the kind words!

    I am sitting near Rush along the Buffalo, at a writer’s residency at Lucky Star Farms. What a beautiful spot, and I’m getting things done, even with the distractions of natural beauty in abundance.

    Warmest regards,


    Don House House Photoworks


  3. Some of the high points in my memory have been days spent researching a topic at a library–the Library of Congress and the Notre Dame Library. There’s a feel in beloved libraries you can’t get online.


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