One of my favorite things to do when visiting our local library is to check out the free book bin. These are books that the library for whatever reason does not feel that they can sell in their used book section and give them away. Some of these books are damaged, some are out of date and then there are some I’m not sure why they have been placed there. I have found many books that I have treasured reading or great materials for book related projects in this bin.
Several months ago I found a large stack of older children’s books. I could tell by looking at their worn covers, taped bindings, and loose pages, that these were well loved books and had probably been read many times. My Blog Buddy Sarah is a whiz with paper related crafts and I thought the illustrations in these books might make some cool projects.
I quickly grabbed them and brought them home.
At home I looked at the books a little closer and discovered a story and a legacy from a grandmother who obviously loved books. On the inside cover of each of the books was some type of inscription. Each inscription was slightly different, but they each had the same common factors: Their granddaughters name, age, their names, and a circled number.
I have opted not to include the recipients name since I don’t know who she is and I want to respect her privacy.
The name and age were easy to figure out, the circled number was more of a challenge. Based on matching the ages and numbers, I believe they represent the order that the books were given. If this is correct, Granny and Pa Pa probably gave their granddaughter over 54 books during her first three years. I only have 14 of the books so this is only a guess.
There are still many mysteries surrounding these books I will never have answers for. Why did the granddaughter decided to give away her books after holding on to them for over 50 years? Did the granddaughter grow up to be a reader?
There is one thing I do know… Granny and Pa Pa felt it was important to share a new book with their grandchild nearly every month of her early life. I think that is a tremendous legacy, don’t you?
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