Monday, August 3, 2009

Meet Me On Monday: Two Loves Meet

Meet Me On Monday:

This Monday, and random Monday's here after, my blog will reveal something about me. All meet me on Monday blogs will be clearly labeled.

Warning: Caution! Extreme crafty book nerd, with a strong love of the public library... Continue reading at your own risk!

As you may have previously read, I love books. Since learning to read as a kid, I was rarely seen without one in my possession. My Mom told me recently that she spoke with some former customers (of the family business) and they asked how her daughter was doing. To clarify, they said "the book worm, the one who was always reading." It's true, I'm a book nerd... and simply proud of it.

After having my children I found less and less time to read. In fact, at times it felt as though I was thirsty and the water was in reach, but I was unable to drink it. My kids however, kept me busy and fulfilled so I didn't often have time to think about how much I truly missed reading.

This past winter, while on the website for my local public library, I noticed a posting for a reading club. It was set up specifically for adults. The library had cleverly set it up as a BINGO card to be filled out. Every space held a different category, for instance mystery, a book from a series, craft/hobby fiction or non fiction, etc. There were prizes as incentive, but filling out the card was goal enough for me. Choosing a book in each category was my biggest challenge. The library had once again ignited my love of reading! *I will list the categories and books I read at the end of my blog.

While filling out my BINGO card, I decided to choose a scrapbooking themed fiction title to read for the crafty/hobby fiction box. I looked at some suggestions made by the library and came across a familiar sounding book. It was Coming Unglued: A Sister's Ink Novel by Rebeca Seitz. I had seen the first book in this series while browsing in a bookstore one day. I had put it on my "to read" list at the time, but not yet had the opportunity to actually read the book. I decided that now was the time to do so. I checked out the first available book in the series, which was the second, Coming Unglued. Long story short, I loved it and have since read all four of the Sister's Ink series novels by Rebeca Seitz, as well as a 5th book titled Prints Charming.

While reading these wonderful books, I began to wish I had a group to scrapbook with, just as the sisters (and friends) do in the novels. I wanted a chance to get together and bond with other women without having to pay a scrapbooking store to use their space. The more I thought about this, the more I wanted to make it happen. My big question was... "but where?" Most people don't have enough room in their homes to have a group event. Then my thoughts went to the local library, where in a sense this desire all began. Our public library already has a knitting club, so starting one for scrapbooking made sense to me. I decided to take a chance and contact the library, via the website, about my idea. A short time later, I received an email in which interest was expressed. I was told to speak with the librarians at my local branch. I did just that, and they full embraced the start of a scrapbooking group!

Today is my second ever monthly scrapbook group evening at the local library's community room. Not only did the library help me get back into my reading habit, but it also gave me the opportunity to start a group that will hopefully involve making new friends, while enjoying one of my favorite hobbies. I certainly do love the library!

Yes, I scrapbook and I'm a book nerd... and I wouldn't change it for a second!

Winter Reading Club Books
International Theme or Author Atonement Ian McEwan
Pet/Animal Fiction or Non Fiction Anyone But You Jennifer Crusie
County Program Book/Readalike Plainsong Kent Haruf
Your Choice Sisters Ink Rebeca Seitz
Book to Movie Nights In Rodanthe Nicholas Sparks
Mystery or Thriller The Spy Who Came For Christmas David Morrell
Your Choice Where Are You Now? Mary Higgins Clark
Hobby Fiction or Non Fiction Coming Unglued: A Sister's Ink Novel Rebeca Seitz
Biography Fiction or Nonfiction Three Weeks With My Brother Nicholas Sparks
Your Choice Confessions of a Shopaholic Sophie Kinsella
NY Times Bestseller or Award Winner The Lucky One Nicholas Sparks
Green Book (by color or topic) Edge of Winter LuAnn Rice
Your Choice Anne of Ingleside LM Montgomery
Book in a Series Women's Murder Club Series: 7th Heaven James Patterson
Historical Fiction or Nonfiction One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd Jim Fergus
Staff Picks Home: A Memoir of my Early Years Julie Andrews


  1. Sounds like a really cool library reading program! They have one like that during the summer for kids, but I don't think they have one for adults. And how exciting that your library supported you starting a scrapbooking group! Hope it goes well!

  2. Jody- I'm actually really looking forward to the upcoming Winter reading program again. :o) I think every library should do something like this for adults! Publicity for the scrapbook group comes out sometime this month, before Fall, so it should be a big group by Winter.

    MB- Nerds are cool! :) We have a house full of them here! lol