Thursday, January 17, 2008

Small Town USA

I live in Pleasant Grove. I love Pleasant Grove. When I started my first business back in 1991, I got a P.O. Box in Pleasant Grove, even though it was two towns away, because I wanted to have Pleasant Grove as a return address. I loved the name. I also loved the small, sleepy community that is was then.

When events aligned and required a move to a new home, our one and only requirement was it had to be in Pleasant Grove. PG was bigger by then, and it's even bigger now, which I don't like at all. But back in 1997, the only thing I didn't like about Pleasant Grove was it's itsy bitsy library. That, unfortunately, hasn't changed.

Today I went to our itsy bitsy library looking for the Whitney Award finalists. I found five. That's it. Five. Some of the titles I wanted were checked out, but more than half of the finalists weren't even listed as possibilities.

Sometimes the romance of the small town fades a bit.

Now playing on my iPod: Small Town by John Cougar Mellencamp

13 comments:

Stephanie Humphreys said...

I live in a small town, too. We have a pretty good library system. I go online and find the books I want and then put them on hold. Our library brings them in from whatever library in the system has them. I managed to find 18 of the Whitney nominees. Hopefully I'll get most of them in before March. As for the ones they don't have, I'll have to buy them if I want to get them read.

Kenna said...

I didn't know that about your first PO box in PG. See, you were using The Secret way back then!

Anna Maria Junus said...

Be grateful.

The great majority of Mormons do not have libraries that carry LDS books.

Tristi Pinkston said...

That was the downside to the PG library -- but during the eight years I lived there, they did start carrying more and more LDS fiction. I hear Julie Bellon had a lot to do with that, so some kudos go that direction.

I liked living in PG too and miss it sometimes. Especially on errand day -- it takes me a lot longer to run my errands now (traffic and lines)

Sandra said...

So as I head to the library today, I guess I shouldn't even look for them as they will all be at your house?

I am still waiting for the book I asked for on inter-library loan clear back in Nov!

But Anna Marie is right, my parents have to buy all their books and I can get a bunch of them at the library, (or come over to your house and borrow them)

Annette Lyon said...

I don't suppose you could request a few for purchase? I do that at our library in AF when I don't find what I want. Better than inter-library loan, I figure--that way someone else down the road can enjoy the book, too!

Ronda Hinrichsen said...

Always the dilemma: how to find what we want to read. I guess that's one reason we write? So we can create what we want to read? Good luck.

Sandra said...

Annette makes a good point. When I was at the library yesterday and my inter-library loan book still hadn't come in, they just did a request for purchase. Of course, our library needs more room for more books....

Janette Rallison said...

I grew up in a small town too and loved it! I wish I could live in one now but with my husband's job it just isn't possible. (sigh)

If your library doesn't have the books you want, do ask them if they can purchase any of them. Sometimes they will purchase books if a patron asks.

ali said...

You can be a positive force for change Karlene!

Josi said...

I have a list of all the nominations and I took them to my library, explained the award and they said they would look into getting them all ordered. Hopefully that will happen before voting, but I was glad to see they had about half of them already. Good luck!

Larsens said...

Orem is not that far away from PG, and they have a good selection of books...I hear. I personally buy all my books. When I'm done, I send them to sister in Finland. Have her deal with them, so I don't have to. She has a HUGE collection of books now.

Julie Wright said...

my small town has no library. We live off of bookmobile. It's a terrible thing sometimes, but I still love living here. I feel yhour pain.