Sunday, June 09, 2013

Fun Find. . and do you remember??

I love to find things at thrift and resale shops.  I shop at one frequently that is associated with a school.  I was combing the aisles when I found a cassette tape of one of my favorite stories From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.  .  It was 25 cents and I decided we would listen to this on one of our ailing tape recorders.

But then I opened it up and saw this. . .
I thought I saw a "check-out card."    I was laughing and took it out to show my kids. 
I told them about how you had to write your name on a card and turn it in to check out books.  But, then it got better.
As I sifted through the cards I then found card catalog cards.  I shouted to my husband to have him come and see.  He and I laughed and talked about going through the card catalog to search for items in high school.  This particular pack had subjects like New York City-Fiction, Newberry Award Books, and Record or Tape.  Our children gave us that confused look.  You know the one where you look at living history (us) and think, " Really?"  We proceeded to tell them how challenging and time consuming  it could be to do research.  Searching for topics in large drawers.  In the end we both smiled and felt a little older.

But, it was still a very fun walk down memory lane.  I told my librarians the story and they told me that card catalogs are hot collectors items currently.  Apparently used as furniture and not as card catalogs.

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