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A Home Library

Updated on June 20, 2015
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Being raised from a mother that loved books, it was definitely passed on to her three daughters. I will share some quotes to express my feelings toward books.

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. (Anna Quindlen)

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all. (Abraham Lincoln)

There is a wonder in reading Braille that the sighted will never know: to touch words and have them touch you back. (Jim Fiebig)

A library is a place that contains books, periodicals, and other material for:

  • viewing
  • listening
  • studying
  • referencing
  • borrowing

The Dewey decimal classification system is used by many libraries to catalog books and assign call numbers (indicates the specific location of a work in a library). This system may help organize your own home library.

Dewey decimal system

000 General Topics
500 Pure Science
100 Philosophy
600 Technology
200 Religion
700 The Arts
300 The Social Sciences
800 Language and Rhetoric
400 Language
900 Geography and History

Interacting with books

Interacting with books
Interacting with books

Physical books

Physical books are being left behind by some people that have found in the Internet media a way to get information. I also understand that e-Books have been providing satisfaction to many readers.

No matter what the statistics say, I know that a book is a book. A book does not require electricity, Internet or a computer; the three mentioned are not always available, neither are they guaranteed. Did you observe the picture above and enjoy the concentration and coziness the interaction of reading brings?

Physical Book vs. e-Book

Which do you prefer?

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It is not only where to read, but how to keep them

Froggy213 cybernetic guy in his reading and writing spot.
Froggy213 cybernetic guy in his reading and writing spot. | Source

A home library

To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations - such is a pleasure beyond compare. (Kenko Yoshida).

A book is a book when it is alone. When more books are gathered they may need shelves to store and keep them. If you love books and have found in them the uses they offer, a library will be inevitable. The size, space and furniture will be part of the unique touch that each person will give.

Don't let books be a burden, make them part of your home decoration. There are a million ways to display a wall shelve in thousands of materials and shapes.

We don't have to start immediately with all the shelves. You will see that step by step, and a good design plan, will make a great home library. Homes have many unused spaces and empty spots that will bring enlightenment with bookshelves. Hallways, staircases, and closets are some of the areas that every home have; perhaps after searching a good spot you will be happy to start your home library.

How to organize your home library:

This is another personal issue. Our books are by themes: Science, Art, History, etc. Let me share some ideas:

  1. Separate them on the floor and pack them by theme, color, sizes or titles in alphabetical order. This is very personal but it is good to decide how they will be organized to be found and used.
  2. Encyclopedias or series books should be kept together.
  3. When others know that you have your home library they will want to borrow them and perhaps you are a lender. Keep them tracked by having a notepad in a specific place. This is not a greedy action but an educational, social community rule.
  4. I like to clean my books with the vacuum. From time to time, I use a wet/dry cloth for that domestic cleaning assurance. If allergy is a problem, keep dust free storage places. You may also add a plastic or a window door; books deserve to be kept dry and clean.
  5. Be careful with humidity, it is one of the worst enemies of books. I try to keep them where air flows.

If you love to read...

If you love to read, but don't want or cannot keep books:

  1. Donate them to a library or somebody else.
  2. Start a trading group.
  3. Leave them in a safe place (bus seat, or bench) with a note for someone else to read and then for them to do the same.

If you love to read don't forget the value of a book. Today Internet is accessible, but good things don't always last. We need to go back to basics and find ways to protect our trees and environment without replacing books. Better to enjoy both now, than to regret not starting a home library.


Last advice

Learn and teach love for books.

If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. (Toni Morrison). I love this quote; it encourages creation and from their creativity. We do love books and we are writing our own. The link is to the side if you are interested in learning how to Self publish and market. By doing so, you will have your own personal home library!

Blessings to all!

© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

A wonderful home library

© 2013 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill


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    • Lastheart profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      MrsBrownsParlour you really do love books by the your comment. I love your attitude. Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      Very enjoyable! I am a book-lover and think books, plants and pets make a house a home. :-) I really like the creative bookshelf photos. As wonderful as e-books are, the point you make about old-fashioned books not needing electricity or internet is a great one. Books are honestly a miraculous thing to think we can hold the words/thoughts/mind of writers from centuries ago is amazing. Wonderful hub!! ~Lurana

    • Lastheart profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Elias Zanetti thanks for reading and sharing your experience with books. Ebooks are fine. The message I want to send is that Internet will not always be around or is. I think you are in the right path concerning my message.

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      Elias Zanetti 

      7 years ago from Athens, Greece

      I certainly prefer physical books over ebooks as it concerns the experience of reading but I use both of them anyway. Ebooks provide advantages such as lower price, no space limitation and so on. Usually an ebook that I really enjoyed reading I will end up buying it in a physical form too. Nice hub! The library pictures are amazing too.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Hello AUPADHYAY

      Thanks very much! Hope many out there on this planet think like you.

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      Really a good hub educating our culture towards maintenance of those valuable articles which educate us. Voted for helpful one.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Peggy W thanks for stopping and sharing your lovely experience with books. I read your hub you know I liked it. If you don't mine I linked it to this one (it goes so well) Books need to survive:

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I love books and at one time had kept every one that I had ever acquired including some from my parents and grandparents. We are talking LOADS of books! They were tucked away in obvious places like bookshelves, but were also in closets, under beds, etc. I started developing allergies and decided that perhaps I should start getting rid of some of them. I donated to schools, libraries, gave books to friends, left some in nursing homes, etc. We still have a good number of them but I feel good about sharing them with others. I should still get rid of more...but intend to reread some of them first.

      There is nothing quite like holding and reading a good book! Children should be read to and encouraged to read. It opens up an entire world to them! Up and useful votes and happy to share.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Eric thanks! I agreed with what you are doing. Love for books must never fail. If you come to Puerto Rico you will find interesting Churches and Graveyards.

      Puerto Rico needs to work on the library theme. To read is to gain knowledge, perhaps politicians don't like that option. That is why I encourage home libraries, we cannot depend on others.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I have an OK reference library. But I give all my books to a local AmVet thrift store and then buy used books there. Kind of like recycling with a charitable twist. We had tons of books growing up, but I just could never get my head around the concept of "owning" one. When I travel I have 3 interests that never fail, Churches, Graveyards and Libraries.

      Great hub thank you.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Thanks to both of you. It is so nice to know that people still love books. Perhaps a room is not available, but a space sure is.

      Sleep well!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I wish I had the room for a library...I do love books so.

      Have a wonderful Thursday my friend and good night.



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      Greg Boudonck 

      7 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      This was a great hub. Books are wonderful. I always hope that people will not give up on the old fashioned book. E-books can be helpful, but flipping the pages of a book are more satisfying.


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