Pick Me!

A weblog by Laura Moncur


A New Library Card

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Lisa Williams was one of the wittiest people I met at SXSW this year. I have been enjoying her weblog since then. Here is my favorite post so far:

I still have my original library card.

My Library Card by Laura Moncur 03-23-06

I was in the fifth grade when I got it (ten years old). My name was printed in clear letters on the signature line, “Laura Lund.” I can tell it was fifth grade because I had changed over to the more formal style “a”, but I hadn’t learned how to write it easily yet. It’s funny how personal archaeology works.

The blue dot means that I can check out books at the Salt Lake City Library System as well as the county libraries. I use the Salt Lake County Libraries much more than the city system because their website is so darned convenient. I can look up books, DVDs and music online, put it on hold and the system will call my cell phone when they are at the library waiting for me. I hardly ever just peruse my local branch anymore. A visit to the library has become a quick run in, grab my items from the hold shelf and a check out.

I love this old card because it’s so easy to spot among the plethora of client loyalty cards that I am now required to cart around. Their new cards are plain, blue and white atrocities that look like a health insurance card. They are completely unremarkable and easily forgettable. I’ll keep my bright yellow card, even though it’s over 25 years old, for as long as they let me.



  1. It was really fun to meet you guys, too — I really enjoyed what you said about the relative quotability of various writers. Being able to pull quotes from something is also a real skill, it’s actually hard to do, and I think few people appreciate that.

    Regarding people whose writing or speech resists quotation, I remember now that I had a chance to write something about it on the community site that I run: The Unquotables.

    Comment by Lisa Williams — 3/28/2006 @ 12:36 pm

  2. Oh, and one thing: either libraries in Salt Lake went high-tech very early or you’re a lot younger than me ;-)

    Comment by Lisa Williams — 3/28/2006 @ 12:37 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a comment

Powered by WordPress
(c) 2003-2007 Laura Moncur