1911 Edition. Project Gutenberg Photo.

For LIS 7340, my group just wrapped up the Collection Development Policy assignment in which we wrote several policies for a rural public library. I enjoyed the assignment and walked away feeling much more confident in my policy writing abilities.

Next up, two individual assignments: a book selection exercise and an opinion paper on a censorship/collection development issue.

Saturday, I visited Sandusky District Library’s Geek the Library booth at the Thumb Festival. Glad to see the library in the spotlight!

Later last week, I used a search tool recommended by Dr. Holley, used.addall.com, to look for an early edition of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I stumbled upon a 1915 Heinemann edition in which I ordered from the UK.

A quote from The Secret Garden:

One of the strange things about living in the world is that it is only now and then one is quite sure one is going to live forever and ever and ever. One knows it sometimes when one gets up at the tender solemn dawn-time and goes out and stands out and throws one’s head far back and looks up and up and watches the pale sky slowly changing and flushing and marvelous unknown things happening until the East almost makes one cry out and one’s heart stands still at the strange unchanging majesty of the rising of the sun–which has been happening every morning for thousands and thousands and thousands of years. One knows it then for a moment or so. And one knows it sometimes when one stands by oneself in a wood at sunset and the mysterious deep gold stillness slanting through and under the branches seems to be saying slowly again and again something one cannot quite hear, however much one tries. Then sometimes the immense quiet of the dark blue at night with the millions of stars waiting and watching makes one sure; and sometimes a sound of far-off music makes it true; and sometimes a look in someone’s eyes.

And a quote from Burnett in which I adore:

If nature has made you a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart. And though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that.