of the Summer Library Series wherein authors
share their experiences at the library when they
were growing up.
Please welcome this week's author, fiction writer
Laura Ellen Scott, who skipped school in order
to roam the Kent State Library in Kent, Ohio.
A TRUANT IN THE STACKS
by Laura Ellen Scott
. . . “Oh for Christ’s sake,
she went to the God-damned library!”
When I was eleven, I noticed all the other girls were lined up to borrow nurse-themed romances from our school library. I’m not sure how Brimfield Elementary had amassed such a collection, but I did my best to join the literary conversation. I started to talk up a cool book about Squanto that I’d just read, and the other girls literally turned away from me. I think that was the moment when I realized I was in the right place, but maybe they weren’t.
|Kent State University Library|
And that was true. Each of those days I bailed on school was spent at Kent State University’s twelve-floor library. I had no idea Mom knew.
The problem was the library. It was a four-mile walk from my house. To be honest, I don’t understand how anyone could go to school with a library like that one so close. My high school was full of mean, unimaginative people. The college library was full of books, and not just nurse romances, either. It also offered something really new: OCLC terminals. My first contact with computers. OCLC used to stand for Ohio College Library Center before it turned into Online Computer Library Center. This meant that not only could I play in the KSU library, I also had access to a network of libraries. And I felt a lot more at ease in a room of hairy-nosed scholars than I did with the kids from my hometown. (However, I can’t pretend I was doing hard-core research. Back then I was probably looking up tidbits about Kyoto, gorillas, and Laurence Olivier.)
Untitled Rachel Kertz,
Used with photographer's permission
|Laura Ellen Scott|
Laura Ellen Scott writes, lives, and teaches in Fairfax, Virginia and is the author of two books, her story collection Curio (Uncanny Valley Press, 2011) and her novel, a comic fantasy, Death Wishing (Ig publishing, 2011). Her stories can be found in a number of literary journals such as Barrelhouse, The Mississippi Review, Storyglossia and Staccato. She is presently working on her next novel, Willie July and the Mystery House.
To find her books at your library, check out worldcat.org or ask your librarian.
Check out next week's author, TJ Beitelman,
who writes about a discarded library book
that he didn't know was discarded.