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Who Let Those Kids Loose in the Library?

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Just for fun, we asked patrons what book they read as a child that stayed with them once they grew up. Responses ranged from the inspiring to the reassuring to the downright frightening.

The Classics

You know your English teacher was happy with you if you'd read a few of these without being assigned to.

And how great is this?

"I read The Great Gatsby when I was 6 and it was the first book where I was truly struck by how every word in a book can be important and meaningful and necessary and also the first time where I found myself confused. Unlike every other story I had read even the best of characters in this book were flawed and the end was tragic. I didn't know what lesson I was meant to learn at the end of it."

Remember These?

That whole "serendipity in the stacks" phenomenon isn't just for adults.

Did Your Mom Know You Were Reading This?

Your humble blogger doesn't mind telling you that I'm still traumatized by Johnny Got His Gun, which I read when I was only...30. (It's a great book, but it'll turn you into a pacifist, I swear.) But we're all still reading, apparently, so we suppose it turned out all right...


“It was a paperback guide to Freudian theory and I was about 8. Can't remember the title but it made a big impression.”

But the winner has to be

William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist

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