free books at a state park--who knew?

July 1, 2009

We went on vacation last week at a state park. We always bring books when we travel because juliet HAS to have books or... well, I don't actually know what would happen, but I'm afraid to find out. 

I don't like to bring library books because I am afraid of losing them, so I always bring ones from our own collection. Unfortunately, we are somewhat tired of our collection right now. I had resigned myself to reading the same old ones for the week we were gone, but I came upon an unexpected source of free books. 

It turns out the nature center has a mini-library that guests are allowed to check out. I just gave them my name and cabin number and they were ours to enjoy for the week. Delightful. 

The cool thing (for me) is that most of the books were pretty old--this library had been around for awhile and had not been added to recently. My very favorite one--of the 5 we checked out-- is called Birds in the Sky by Lucy and John Hawkinson. The illustrations are gorgeous.

I liked this book so much, I asked the park ranger if I could buy it when I went to return it. She said, "no", so I kicked her pet rattlesnake in the head and ran off. 

Just kidding. 

I'm scared of rattlesnakes.

I did find a few copies listed on the internet--but I am going to look in some local bookstores first before I order a copy for us. 

Anyways, it's always fun to find free books in unexpected places. Anyone know of any other "unknown" book sources? 

In case you haven't noticed, I kind of have a thing for bird books. Check out more of my reviews here. 

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