On March 18th I began what is now a live daily online Storytime, reading to kids and families. With libraries closed, I quickly realized what a blessing it is that I have shelves upon shelves of children’s books in my home. I began thinking about that blessing, about how it came to be, and this story in rhyme came to me…
It was all of nineteen years ago we took upon ourselves to move into a red brick house with floor-to-ceiling shelves. Those shelves! They begged for books, and yet with nothing left to spare after bigger bills and growing boys the shelves remained book-bare. For years we did our best with what we had to fill the space: A few prize books, some trinkets, pics in frames, a treasured vase. But I knew it in my head and heart: Those shelves were meant for BOOKS. How to stock them on a budget seemed as daunting as it looks. BUT THEN... The words grabbed my attention on a bless-ed day in Spring: “Used Book Sale at the Library”! !!!Books!!! for budgets on a string! And that, my friends, is how those lovely floor-to-ceiling shelves, with time and love and quarters came to populate themselves with children’s books and chapter books and historical nonfiction. I went to countless book sales with spare change and great conviction. And now all these years later it becomes quite clear to me… The stocking of those shelves was more than whimsicality. For you and I right now are necessarily apart. But I’ve got shelves of books to keep us close and warm our hearts. - Renata Bowers, April 2020
If you’d like to join me for my M-F Storytime at 4pm EST (and I hope you do!), visit the Frieda Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/FriedaBHerself. All previous Storytimes are accessible by scrolling through the feed.
I’ll continue these Storytimes until we are free to be out and about once again.
Blessings to You and Yours – Renata
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