Monday, August 20, 2012

Day One: The Great Library Move

Today was the first day of classes at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.  Amanda and I went to the Jefferson Davis (JD) campus.

Did I mention I was finishing my Associate's (and going into Culinary Tech)?  Well, I am, so I find myself back at MGCCC, only at a different campus.  I don't know how long it'll last, but there you go.  I'm also staying weeks at my GPort buddy Amanda's house.

I explored the library today.  I've been reading a lot lately, despite the little amount of writing I've been doing.  So, of course I had to see what Stephen King, creative writing, and fairy tales and folklore that they had.  And Benjamin Disraeli.

They also have Robert Fulghum.  Of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten fame.  I have a copy of that book, along with Uh Oh.

While I was looking at the catalog today, I noticed Perk--PERK!--has a copy of It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It.  I'll either be stopping by Perk, or requesting to have it sent to JD.  But with the work for the new library down there, it may be a while before I get to go or request said book.

But today I checked out Maybe (Maybe Not) by Fulghum and Before You Leap by Kermit.  You know, Kermit the Frog.

There's something comforting about being surrounded by books.  While I was the only one exploring the stacks, the library had much more people than Perk ever did, except perhaps during Library Orientations.  I don't know how I feel about that.  I'm quite used to having half the stacks at Perk to myself.  I paced back there.  I wrote back there.  I'd curl up against a wall by the literary theory books on the floor and read.  I can't do that there.  With Perk's new library building (which I'm checking out at my earliest convenience), I may not have been able to do that there anymore either.

Eventually, I'll have enough books to build my own impressive library.  And then I'll sit between two shelves, and read.  Or write.  Or pace between the shelves where no one will see.  Did you know pacing makes a lot of people nervous?

Libraries are quiet places.  So are many bookstores.  You don't interrupt the reverence or the silence.  You just look at the wonderful things people have written.  You look at the horrible things people have written.  You wonder how long it would take you to read all those books.  It's so sad we don't live long enough to read half of what we want to.

I now have a legitimate excuse for reading multiple books at a time.

Anyway, life goes on.  Same college, different campus.  Yes, I'm disappointed about not going to the W.  I won't pretend I'm not.  Still, it's good to stay around my friends.

This just in:  The NEW LIBRARY AT PERK IS OPEN!!!  Thank you, Lacey.

Here I come.