Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Loving Book People!

Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Tuesday Slice of Life sponsored by 
This past week I participated in my first post-retirement volunteer event.  I joined new and old friends for the Friends of the Library book sale.  I'm a repeat customer who always promised that when I retired, I would show up to help.  On Wednesday evening the carts came rolling out into the library as volunteers filled the tables with books for a mini book sale.  I worked a bit more on Thursday and Saturday, and had fun packing things back up on Monday morning.  As I wandered the tables straightening the stacks, I would find something I needed wanted.  Since I already have more books that I can stow on my bookshelves, I tried to focus instead on the people.  I loved seeing neighbors, former students, parents of former students, the winner of our school-wide spelling bee from two years ago, and meeting another newly retired teacher who lives in our community.

But my favorite customer was a young man who quickly discovered many
favorite books stashed in boxes under the tables right at his eye level.  

As his pile grew, I watched him struggle to pick up the stack of books, and I giggled when he just lay on top of the stack that had grown too large for him to carry.  When his mom told him he could have three books - he quickly leafed through the stack in search of his favorites.

His last expression seems to say it all.
"How can I choose only THREE from
all these wonderful books I selected?"
Hooray for book sales and all the people
who love books, especially this little guy!


  1. I love book sales. It is a great way to recycle books and pick up books by authors we haven't yet read. I always leave a sale with a stack of books...even though I already have stacks I haven't yet read at home.

  2. I love going to the book sales & feel like there's going to be such treasures there to find, & there are! On another note, if you can believe this strange coincidence, yesterday I had to go to a store near Goodwill, so stopped in to browse their books, & Ramona, there was your book, A Story for Bear. I had never heard of it until you described it the other day, but I knew instantly it was the one. Then you commented to tell me that you'd found the title. Isn't that the most amazing thing? Anyway, I have the book & what a wonderful story! Love it, & book browsing anytime! Thanks for your sweet story with that little boy, too!

  3. What a great story! He really knew how to choose "just right" books, Ramona.

  4. Ramona,
    What a fun time in your retirement days and what a perfect slice! Love this! <3

  5. Oh my! I would have left with so many.