I visit the library rather often looking for information about Saginaw, or for my Lost In Michigan website (which you can see HERE). When I walked into the library recently, it felt like I was Norm walking into Cheers. When the Librarian saw me she turned around and retrieved the book I requested from another library, knowing I was there to pick it up without even asking. I Think I have read all of the Saginaw and Michigan history books the local libraries have, so now I am getting them from across the state, and it’s a wonderful thing that the library can get me just about any book I need.
Sometimes I have no history books that I am wanting to read, so I just peruse the shelves of books for something to read. I wonder if am to only one that does that, and I also wonder how Barnes and Noble stays in business when the library has so many books for free. Anyways, I started reading a lot of science fiction, I am not sure exactly why, but I think it balances out the history books I read. I saw Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five and I was compelled to read it, ( I am not done with it yet so don’t tell me the ending). Reading the preface, He wrote about traveling to visit his friend and he took a book with him to read, it was the famous Saginaw poet Theodore Roethke and he quoted from the book.
“I learn by going where I have to go”
I find it strangely amazing that of all the books I could have picked up, I ended up with one that references my hometown, and I guess that’s is what makes Roethke such a great poet, is that he can put into words the reason why I like roaming around Saginaw and Michigan.
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