Book Week Scotland 2015

This week is Book Week Scotland, which is a great event that is held in all book shops, libraries and wherever you might find books.

I have tried to promote the week at the FE I currently work at, which wasn’t really a hit, but I created a display!

Then I began to think, when I was in my “academic years”, from secondary to university to post graduate study, did I read for pleasure very often? I did, but not as much as I would have liked.

I was lucky enough to have friends in my undergraduate university that I had had from the age of 12, and who were also fellow bookworms, but we were the minority of our class. We liked to read for a past time and gave each other book recommendations, went to book stores together, even, loaning books to one another. We have that level of friendship! (Yes, I am a lucky girl)!

We are all working now, lawyers, doctors, accountants, executive assistants, library assistants…. And it seems that not all of us read for pleasure anymore?

I suppose our working week has made us tried, we stare at screens all day and we just wanted to relax when we get home or on our commute by listening to music, binge watching a TV show or checking on our Facebook feed.

Can that really replace a book? Have we exchanged the feel and touch of a hard or paperback cover for the cold small communication device that we all keep in contact with one another now we are on different parts of the globe?

I recently took part in a “Social Media Diary” as a research participant, which has made me reflect on my online usage immensely.

For 7 days I had to write down (on a Google Doc, so not even on paper) when I logged into my social media accounts, what I saw and how I felt about it.

After a day or two I noticed that I check my Facebook the first thing in the morning and the last thing at night, which shocked me.

I began to use my phone less, and read in bed more, listen to Podcasts more regularly (I highly recommend the The Penguin Podcasts, very very interesting) and I picked up a book from my TBR shelf!

I picked up a Stephen King I bought in September called “Revival” and I am hooked. I read a lot of King’s works when I was a teenager, I loved being shocked, scared and sometimes terrified at the way he could make me feel about the characters inside his pages. I also loved the looks on my teachers faces when they saw what I was reading when I had the chance.

I suppose, in the profession that I am currently in, I need to have the passion for books that I had from an early age, that my friends did as well. Bookworms 4eva! I am lucky I can go through out fiction section and borrow a book and have the time to pick something  I know I will like, and have the time on my lunch break to relax and read what I want to read.

Not everyone is as lucky, but we should encourage others to try and fit in some time for reading, for fun.

You too can be a bookworm, it is more fun that is sounds!

Thanks for reading!

Jade x

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BuzzFeed Books – Library Week

Some of you reading this will already know that my comment appeared on BuzzFeed about my local librarian growing up, here is the link to the article:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/sarahgalo/stories-that-will-make-you-want-to-hug-your-librarian#.jwnn4GnLp

I really do enjoy reading BuzzFeed, people may think that our generation is all about the internet and “listing” everything, making them into sizable chunks due to our lack of DINOSAUR attention spans.

I am lucky to have grown up with technology, watching it grow and understanding by the mistakes of others to never put things online you do not want your family, friends or future employers to see (having your mother as your friend on Facebook is the best filter you could ask for)!

The local library I grew up with, compared to the fantastic resources that are in the town now (Mitchelstown, County Cork) was more a room in a council building. This did not stop the librarian from being kick ass.

My parents split when I was around 9-10 y/old. I took it hard (as every child does, that is NORMAL) and I found escapism in books. I bought my beautiful little Shit-Tzu Jessie (2001-2010) with my confirmation money (rural Ireland people) and she soon helped me with the changes in my life. My Mum was working three jobs and finishing off her degree full time (basically being SUPERWOMAN) and I was only allowed to go to the local shop and library, which were across the street from one another.

My hair is tame now, but my god it was NOT at that age. I had a flip scooter and a back pack I would put Jessie in. I was a moving target basically!!! I was bullied a lot, but I had a great circle of friends from primary school a town over who would visit me.

This was back in the day (1990s) where Walkmans were not a thing for 10 year old to have, and also everyone would stop and chat to me on the way. I would sneak Jessie into the library with me in my backpack, and try to have her all tired out from playing before I go there so she wouldn’t wriggle! On one particular hot day, I had Jessie a sleep in my backpack and was on my way to the library, I decided to leave the back pack open a little so she could have air and forgot to close it when I was going up the stairs to the library. I was browsing through the stacks when the librarian approached me and asked,

“Jade, do you have a dog in your backpack?”

To which 10 y/old me replied, “No…..” and at that exact moment Jessie popped her head out and barked an hello!

I thought I was going to get kicked out, I was so worried, but the librarian took her out of the back pack and hugged her and commented on how well behaved she was. She held her as I browsed in the empty library (it was the height of summer, and all of the other children were outside playing). Each day that summer I would bring Jessie in, not hidden anymore, and began to discover Shakespeare, Hemingway and “The Sleepover Club” books.

My local librarian that summer made me feel normal, and not like the outsider that the children who bullied me made me feel. If I got upset about how I was never invited outside to play, I would put Jessie on my lap and read something new I got from the library and feel better. Books are still my escape to this day. If I am in pain or stressed, they really take me on a journey away from my problems.

I am just finishing off the final touches of my MSc in Library and Information Studies dissertation, and really hope I can be even a fraction of my childhood librarian. I have Tweeted the BuzzFeed article to the library, so hopefully she will see it, or a family member of hers.

Kindness goes a long way, believe me, it really did help me discover my look for books, music and art.

This blog is dedicated to the librarian from my childhood, wherever you are!

And also Roo English, you are an amazing young women, I am very proud to be your friend.