Back home now after thoroughly enjoying my visits with my two daughters and their families.  It has been so much fun getting to know them again, sometimes a month or two can bring big changes in your family's lives.  
While visiting with my daughters, I saw that my love of books as they were growing up touched their lives too. There is joy in reading books. I called my granddaughter last night to wish her a happy 8th birthday and asked if she had been helping her mom. (smiles)... Her answer was "No, I was up on my bunk reading a new book. I love it! It is "The Secret Garden"." Later, her mom told me it was one of the old books she had from her growing up.
Loved the old cover.

As my children grew up and moved out of the house, I let them pick books from the library that I had accumulated while homeschooling them to use for their own families.  Now, let me explain.  A large number of my book were books from the late 1800s to the early 1900s.  When I would find old book, if it was of good rapport that would help my children with character development and knowledge, I would buy it.  My sweet hero loved the old books too, but he did begin to cringe a bit after the library shelves had filled and stacks had started.  He was the best guy about books.
Back to my thoughts, as a result, my shelves have grown bare.  I find it sad, but I travel so much now so it is not bad thing.  I have found an alternative for myself. Many of the Public Libraries are now sharing their old out of print books through the Internet Archive.  I was thrilled to find this website on Cooking, Home Management & Child Care . This website has a catalog for other books also, but I wanted to keep track of this specific one.  Information in the 1830's books are priceless.  
This link is the American Frugal Housewife .  

When my mother-in-law was alive, I had found this the old play Sally Ann Finds Herself for her as she had been in the play when she was in Jr High. So, family history can be filled out with old books.

My mother-in-law was excited to see it.

Project Gutenberg is awesome too. Oh and Smithsonian Libraries  and Page by Page books  There are more... Love to read.
I just thought I would share in case you didn't know. 
P.S. If you are new to my blog, you can click on the words in blue and it will take you to the website. J 


Lori E said…
A good book stays with you forever. Great to see the joy of reading has been passed down.
ladyfi said…
Oh, I do love books! And I loved The Secret Garden...
Linda Gatewood said…
I know what you mean about thinning out your library. So hard to let them go, but if someone else can enjoy reading them, then it's best to share.