"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Friday, December 05, 2008

Fun Friday

Rather than my normal Five on a Friday, I'll interrupt with a library story I wrote for the Class of 2k8 blog. It got lost in the madness, so here is it.

Question:

What is your best memory from the library as a child? (And please feel free to write your own and post it - what a fun topic!)

Answer:

Remember in college when the library would stay open 24/7 during exam week? Some of my best library memories were at the Virginia Tech library, fifth floor, at around three in the morning during this time.


So I majored in Computer Engineering. And of the 40 students in Computer Engineering, only two were girls, and both were named Tricia. Yep, me and my friend. Tricia and Tricia. What are the odds?

We gals had to stick together, so we headed off to pull an all-nighter studying for some random subject like Electromagnetic Theory or something like that. But really, the mind can only take so much Electromagnetic Theory. So around three o'clock we got a bit punchy.
Emptying our pockets of every bit of change we had, we headed to the copier and made as many photocopies of our feet as dimes we had. But instead of normal size, we shrank them so they looked like tiny little feet. Baby feet.


Then we hung them from the card catalogs in all their black and white, shrunken glory, for the new round of students coming in the morning to study to see.
We laughed so hard, we almost peed our pants. And I hope we caused at least one other person to smile when they saw them, too.

(And yes, I did scan my foot in just for this blog post.)

20 comments:

beth said...

I hated the college library...too many research papers went on there!

I loved the library I had as a child. I remember how the entire basement was for the children's section, and just behind the stairs was the YA/MG books...so I'd grab a book and read under the stairs. Some of my favorite books were found there...

Thanks for reminding me of that!

adrienne said...

You're a Hokie?? Oh, I miss Blacksburg!
I would have smiled at your baby feet :)

Gottawrite Girl said...

Ohhh the library. I LOVE that sound, of the thin crinkly plastic over the hardback covers. Everything about it. I would wander for hours! My mom was a librarian... : ) Well, PJ, thanks for sharing your memories with us!!!!

Sheri said...

And you kept the picture... AND knew where to find it now? That's amazing! And... cute feet btw...

My library story was - not to age myself but I believe Mad Libs had just come out. My friends and I were crazy about them, coming up with all sorts of gross adjectives and inappropriate nouns... I know parts of speech in the library does sound a bit nerdy... but we were cool, I am telling you! Anyway, we got a bad case of the giggles. We just couldn't stop laughing. The librarian came over a few times asking us to quiet down. I remember thinking, what's her problem, we're young teens doing Mad Libs in the library giggling over words! There are worse things we can be doing! But she wasn't having any of our merriment and eventually - yup - kicked us out!

Amy said...

I like your college library story! I wish mine was as interesting. But it isn't. I mostly studied in the library.

Kelly H-Y said...

Now THAT's a good library story ... thanks for the laugh!

PJ Hoover said...

I loved the library of my youth, too, Beth! Those were good times discovering new books to read.

Yes, Adrienne! A Hokie! Are you? I headed there is Fall 1987. And I totally miss Blacksburg, too. I haven't been back since December 1993. Wow that's a long time.

How cool your mom was a librarian, Susan! It's like you had a special, secret "in".

Ah, no, Sheri! I scanned my foot here at my desk at home.
Too funny you got kicked out of the library for giggling over Mad Libs. But I can totally see it!

There was quite a bit of studying, Amy. Which is I guess what drove us to photocopy our feet!

You're welcome, Kelly! Laughs are always nice.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Barrie said...

Ahh....the infamous library post!!!

Vivian said...

Proper college all-nighters always require punchy behavior for memorable studies. Not that I have any stories to tell...

PJ Hoover said...

Yes, Barrie! The library post!

Aw, Vivian, I'm sure you have some stories to tell.
Miss you, and take care. I'll be thinking of you!

adrienne said...

I started there ten years before you...a VERY long time ago! I wonder what's changed, and what is still the same.
Is it still a challenge to cross the drill field on a windy day in the middle of winter...

PJ Hoover said...

LOL, Adrienne! Didn't they used to say the drillfield was one of the coldest places in the US? I'm sure it was an urban legend, but I totally remember it.

keri mikulski :) said...

Great story. Awe.. College. :)

Carrie Harris said...

Our computer lab stayed open 24/7 all the time. And yeah, I was one of those geeks who hung out there at 2 AM. I admit it. :)

The foot thing is hilarious, though.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Carrie and Keri! There was just something really fun about those late night college/computer lab experiences. Like you had the place to yourself almost.

Tiddly Inks said...

Ohhh, good memories, huh? LOL I would have actually peed my pants at 3 AM.

I LOVED my college and the library was awesome...many good memories.

Nice foot, btw. :)

PJ Hoover said...

We may have peed our pants, Christy! I wouldn't have put it past our college selves!
Thanks so much for visiting! I love your art!

Alison said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Alison said...

Now, why does it have to say I deleted a post? It wasn't anything sinister, I just wanted to correct something! (Always revising....)

Anyway, I loved the children's section of our library when I was growing up...it was a huge, airy room with a 2-story ceiling, an amphitheater area for storytimes, and tons of great books. I can still smell the pleasant smell of the library just thinking about it! And I can remember books I checked out there from early childhood and picture book days all the way through adulthood. I probably have memories from almost every section of the library. (My husband actually worked there the first 2 years of our marriage, and we had a wedding shower there.) I even remember reading the Cricket magazines there at 8 or 9 years old and thinking I'd like to write my own stories to send in. But I have to say, even though it has nothing on earth to do with reading...the first memory that came to mind was when I was 13 and my first boyfriend and I walked to the library together. I suspect he was not a reader at all, but we had an overly amusing time going up and down the stairs and elevators, and kissing in the stairwells!

PJ Hoover said...

Too funny, Alison! Now there's a library memory if I've ever heard one. Teens would totally relate to that!