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In ancient days, when I was young, We borrowed books to read From the local branch of the library; Here’s how we would proceed: We’d scan the shelves and make a choice Then open to the back Where there would be a pocket To allow them to keep track Of all the books checked out. In every pocket was a card With lines on which to write our names; It wasn’t very hard. We’d wait for the librarian Who stamped a certain date On both the card and pocket When the loan would terminate. She kept the card, we got the book And when it was returned, The card was then replaced, the perfect Deal for all concerned. If we were late, we paid a fine, A lesson quickly taught But hard to pass on down Since all my grandkids’ books are bought.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2020

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Date: 11/3/2020 5:12:00 AM
It is difficult to explain, but you have done it incredibly well Ilene.
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Date: 10/19/2020 7:23:00 PM
I remember the old days when most books seemed ancient. I was surprised when I started working at the library. New book,! Your style of writing always fun!
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Date: 10/19/2020 4:48:00 PM
A wonderful poem, ilene. We have a local library that I occasionally go to, but you're right how everything has changed. Have a great night :) ~Angie
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Date: 10/19/2020 3:39:00 PM
ilene, between this, the Old Bones, and your typewriter ode, I'm starting to feel like a dinosaur. Actually, that's not true, I've been feeling like a dinosaur for many years now! I think it started when my kids had to teach me how to load an app on my phone! I do love libraries... well done.
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Date: 10/19/2020 12:45:00 PM
I like how you have captured history for future generations but, my how integrity has changed over the years! The cost of schoolbooks is criminal! When I was teaching, I wrote McGraw-Hill about all the errors in a math book AND the teachers' key; they replied that they were aware of the errors which would be corrected in the next printing - but weren't! Aloha! Rico
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Date: 10/19/2020 6:19:00 AM
A trip down memory lane dear lady - I fancy nowadays younger readers would simply fire up Kindle and select from the zillions of titles at their disposal. I especially liked the bouncy rhythm you employ to such soothing effect. Best wishes, Bill
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Date: 10/18/2020 5:09:00 PM
Books at the Chicago Public Library are 'quarantined' for four days when returned. Talk about bureaucratic nonsense! Why not wipe 'em down, and put 'em back on the shelves. Oh, well...
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Date: 10/18/2020 3:48:00 PM
My how things have changed at libraries now, Ilene, with the new tech age. I am a voracious reader. I served as a member of our local library board for a number of years. With this covid thing we now have to make an apmt to visit the library now - can you imagine that!!! Your very find verse brings back memories on how they maintained records in yon days - Bob
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Date: 10/18/2020 2:58:00 PM
Great flow.True times change .
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Date: 10/18/2020 2:13:00 PM
what wonderful memories, My son used to love going to the library he was an avid reader. I remember the little pockets for the card ... now its all computerised, hubby even downloads his library books now:-) hugs jan xx
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