Belle has lost all she holds dear, is a captive, and yet, when she first sees the enormous library in Beast’s castle, her heart soars as does mine. The Book Thief feels it when she clambers over the window ledge into the Mayor’s house. Ben Carson‘s future opens wide when he receives his first library card.
Animated or not, I am thrilled by any library that requires a floating ladder or stairs to the second story. From Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to Chateau d’Attre, I sigh with contented longing. Perhaps it is not prudent for an author and publisher to admit to frequenting the public library. I so enjoy being surrounded by books, and I try to pass this thrill on. When my children ask to go to the library, I am warmed from heart to cheek to toe.
And as much as I enjoy a well placed vase or piece of art, the feng shui of empty space on a book shelf is…deflating. Built-ins, under stair stacks, a shelf that is a door, a wall of books hidden from view through a doorway, I could browse for hours on Pinterest here. No time for that right now, the neighbor has an attic of books I might get to clean out for her.
Do you have a favorite library? A favorite library scene?
Kristin King would rather be reading. 🙂