An Exciting Day at the Library: Blissed out at the VPL

What’s that? “Don’t get out much, Kim”, you say?

Seriously folks, last Wednesday I paid my first ever visit to the central branch of the Vancouver Public Library. I enjoyed audacious architecture, even if it was a teensy bit Kafkaesque …

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… but the books inside are really what made my day.

I’ve been slowly and methodically picking my way through the Caldecott and Greenaway Medal winning titles. Finding them, one by one, in libraries and bookstores and thrift stores. Hunting them down and ordering them through interlibrary loans. I finished all the Caldecott Winners last February and I was down to my last 8 Greenaways – the 8 most obscure, hard-to-find, out-of-print titles.

So on Wednesday I walk down the steps into the children’s section of the VPL and what do I find?


Only the Awards Reference Collection, that’s all!

In short, I was able to read every single book left on my list! Bliss!


I wonder what the library staff thought of me walking around with the biggest grin on my face?

Anyhoo, I’ve got a pile of notes I just need to type up and I’ll get those last reviews up here very very shortly.

I may have mentioned this before but I LOVE LIBRARIES!



The Great Piratical Rumbustification

The Great Piratical Rumbustification & The Librarian and the Robbers

Margaret Mahy, text

Quentin Blake, illustrations

J.M. Dent & Sons, 1978

2 stories: 41 and 18 pages

Age: 6 +

Reading Level: 8 +

Interests: pirates, parties, robbers, libraries, humour

Also by this author: The Dragon of an Ordinary Family, A Lion in the Meadow, The Seven Chinese Brothers, The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate


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