Our power went out this past week due to the storms coming through. Fortunately it only went out for about 4 hours so it wasn’t a big deal but I wanted to read and my light was less than wonderful. No sitting out on the porch because it was pouring rain and blowing like crazy. I had a little book light that was less than helpful so I found a large print book that I had gotten at the AAUW Used Book Sale to put in the Connestee Library. The print was large enough that I could read it in the fading light.
As I opened the book I discovered a blast from the past.
Remember these? Little library card pockets where the library card could slip easily inside?
Oh my goodness. September 1996. When I first saw the date I thought “that wasn’t that long ago”. But in reality is WAS. Oh my goodness.
Where were you in 1996? I was living in Freeport, Illinois. We had two elementary aged children. My daddy had passed away 2 years earlier. I was the ripe old age of 36. Wow.
My look at the library card pocket evoked a lot of memories, let me tell you.
Librarians like Mrs. Chandler.
Taking the boys to Story Hour and having to peel glue off their fingers after their craft time.
But always the love of books and the memories of the awesomeness of libraries.
I love happy memories that pop up when I see something like this library book pocket.
What have you seen lately that brought a smile to your face and evoked memories of the past? I would love to hear about it so please leave me a comment and Comment for a Cause for Ohio Northern University.
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1996, living in Concord, NC. Two daughters ages 14 & 16. I was 39 and contemplating starting Nursing School (which I did at 40). I loved the library and we used to go all the time, but I haven’t been there in years due to Kindle Unlimited.
Love your memories, Sandy. Thanks for sharing!
Wow. Love finding things like this. Sept. ‘96 – beginning of my senior year of high school, barely speaking English, still feeling like a fish out of water, working at my parents restaurant every day after school…
Amazing to remember that time.
And look where you are now! I love that we are friends and that we have been able to meet in real life!
Something so simple that we used to take for granted!
Absolutely! I know you value the treasures you find that evoke memories as well!
My niece posted a short clip of her 18 month old picking up her cell phone and saying “Hello!” He will never really experience rotary dial or touch tone phones. Glad your power wasn’t out for too long.
Do they even still make that cute Fisher Price rotary phone? Kids today would not understand it!
In 1996 I was 44 living in Virginia Beach and still working. Our daughter was married and gave us our first grandson who was 5 years old.. We were enjoying being grandparents.
When I was a kid I used to check the names of the people who had checked out a book (posted on a card in a pocket like this) and that helped me make up my mid abut checking a book out or not. I knew that certain people in town had a similar taste in reading, and if they checked it out it was probably good. I guess that was a precursor to Goodreads, right? 🙂
Gosh, that was a fun blast from the past, wasn’t it? That ranks up there along with library card catalogs.
I glued many of these pockets into library books when I processed books for the library at the kids’ Christian Day School. Oh, those were the days.