My Reading Twin: Slice of Life 13/31 #sol17

slice of life

I only know her by the last six digits of her library card number. And maybe it’s a him. But in my imagination it’s a her.

I pull my own large pile of picture books off the hold shelf at the library to check them out, and I can’t resist glancing down to the right to see what she’s got on hold this week. Most people have one or two books on hold, but like me, she usually has 15 or 20 picture books. Without fail, there are a couple of books I read just last week and a couple more that I’ve got on my hold list too. She’ll check them out, read them, return them, and then they will go directly from her shelf to mine. I’m guessing that sometimes the books travel in the other direction, from my hold shelf to hers.

Like me, she reads a little of everything. Early readers, wordless picture books, crowd-pleasers, bestsellers, obscure philosophical translated titles, Caldecott honors from the 1940s, it’s all there.

It’s my own reading life arranged on another library patron’s shelf.

I can’t help but wonder who she is.

Is she a professor of children’s literature like I am? Maybe an elementary teacher? A writer or illustrator seeking mentor texts? A mom raising exceptionally voracious readers? Who else might read 20+ picture books a week?

I want to leave a note in one of the books on her hold shelf, but I don’t know what I’d say that wouldn’t sound stalkerish.

“Hi, reading twin! We read all the same books and I think we should meet. Don’t be scared. I’m really nice. Not the least bit weird. We’ll just talk books. I promise.”

I wonder if she’s ever happened to glance up to the left as she’s pulling her own pile of picture books off the shelf, noticed a few of the books she read last week on my shelf, and wondered about her reading twin.





13 responses to “My Reading Twin: Slice of Life 13/31 #sol17”

  1. Ramona Avatar

    I love this post! I’ve sometimes looked with longing when a near neighbor on the holds shelf has a book that’s on my holds list. Leave the note! We’ll be waiting for the upcoming slice about your meeting.

  2. The Logonauts (@thelogonauts) Avatar

    Leave the note! That was my first thought before I even got to that point in your post. I had to do that in college once. Someone recalled the only book that was essential for my thesis, and the librarians couldn’t tell me the name, so they let me write a desperate note. And I got my book back in two days!

  3. Shana Karnes Avatar

    What a sweet image! I can exactly picture your shelfie twin. Our library was more lax about security and my maiden name’s neighbor was someone named Albert Elbert (how unfortunate) and he ONLY read nonfiction. I would’ve loved to meet him!!

  4. carriegelson Avatar

    I am now so very curious! Leave a note! And then share what happens in a slice!

  5. Lisa C Avatar
    Lisa C

    I agree…leave the note! I think it is so cool that you are seeing someone else choose all the same books.

  6. Akilah Avatar

    The note could be fun, especially if she never looked at your shelf. Maybe you could even be library shelf pen pals, passing notes back and forth to each other but never actually meeting.

  7. jennieb Avatar

    Leave this post! And let us know the result! I also love the idea from above about library shelf pen pals!

  8. Leigh Anne Avatar
    Leigh Anne

    I think it is unanimous – leave the note! That would make a great slice. Thank you for the sweet comment you left on my blog. I am so glad you find inspiration in and take the time to read my words.

  9. Emily Culbertson Avatar

    Absolutely leave a note. Oh, what a small moment!
    Have you seen the Seinfeld where Elaine always watches “Vincent’s Picks” at the video store? Your post made me think of it. Ha! I plan to stayed tuned for any developments in this story!!

  10. Michelle @litlearningzone Avatar
    Michelle @litlearningzone

    Oh, this is so cool! Have to agree with the crowd, leave a note! There are so many unanswered questions … I love that you have a reading twin! Maybe one day you’ll both be picking up books at the same time … or you could just leave a note. 🙂

  11. carwilc Avatar

    What everyone else said! Leave the note! Now we ALL are stalking your reading twin!!!

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