Friday, July 31, 2015

For Love of Books: A Rescue Story

If you follow my Twitter or Instagram for The Teacup Cottage, you may know that I am currently heating up some Red Beans and Rice for dinner. The dishes are done, the kitchen is clean and the boys are bother occupied, so I thought I'd take some time to blog about life at The Cottage. 
This week has been really busy. The summer was quite stressing for Prince Charming and I because we were searching for a new school for Lil Monkey. Last year he attended a preparatory that was able to work with his accelerated pace (even in Pre-K), but it was nearly an hour and a half drive one way and we had to use a toll road which added up quickly. It took quite a chink of my day and I finances, so we have searched high and low and interviewed a lot of schools.

We finally found a prep school close to our home that will work with his, they even tested him and that's when we learned that this Kindergartner is reading at a 3rd Grade level!!

Of course that explains why we've had so much fun at the local library this summer!

One of the books we checked out at the library this year was A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh.

It's a beautiful hardbound book with a plastic glossy cover and we found it by accident. While waiting in line to attend Story Time, Lil Monkey looked and saw it on the shelf. Just as we picked it up the line started moving, so we took it with us and after Story Time, we checked it out before heading home. 

It wasn't until later that day when we pulled the book out of my bag and opened it that we realized the binding was broken and the book flopped open with its binding exposed. We put it away and the next day I brought it back to the library and showed the desk clerk the book and asked if he had a way to fix it. He said all they could do was put some tape on it, but with a binding damaged like that they'd mostly likely remove it from the collection and discard it.

WHAT!?! Throw away this beautiful classic? Say it was a mistake! The clerk asked if we wanted to still read it since we hadn't checked it back in, so we took it home for our 2 weeks.

Upon reading the book later, I noticed that the book had been donated to the library is memory of someone else. I mentioned the dedication to one of the librarians when we were visiting a few days later and she said it may have been one of a large collection of books donated with a previous librarian's child has passed away ... like from that child's collection. UGH! Sadness!

When we returned the book a few days ago, I spoke with the same clerk who had fixed the book. I asked if I could leave a note offering to buy the book in the event that the "powers that be" decided to discard the damaged book, at least it would be sent to its doom. He said I could, but that the chances were slim and gave me a website where I could buy another copy of the book from booksellers are a reduced price. I thanked him, but that wasn't the point. I wanted to save THIS book.

With a hope and a prayer, I left a note offering to buy the book and we left to go eat lunch. A few hours later as we were driving though Starbucks, I received a phone call from a number I didn't recognize. I decided to let it go to voicemail, but at the last ring changed my mind and answered it. On the other end of the "line" (that makes me feel old), was a staff member from the library. He'd received my note and asked me to elaborate. I told him that while the book was damaged enough to the point that it would only get worse with multiple check outs, I didn't think that it was so bad that it couldn't still be read if done carefully. I told him of the dedication and asked what the books fate was. He said they had decided to remove it from their collection due  to the damage, but that if I'd like to give the book a home, it'd be waiting for me at the front desk next time we visit!

I was so happy. We'll probably go pick the book up tomorrow since today's Story Time was at the park, but that's the story of how Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends came to live with us!

Until our next cup of tea ...

This story is for Michelle, Megan, Stacie and Jenn. My forever book club!

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