I live in what is basically a small town surrounded by a major metropolitan area. It’s really the best of both worlds- except for the traffic in between.
One of the advantages is that my local community, because it’s smaller, can get it together in ways that seem to completely bog down our larger neighbors. Because we are nestled into a larger city, Decatur can also attract enough resources and support to sponsor some really wonderful community events: an arts festival, a Christmas season bonfire and marshmallow roast, a beer tasting festival, and a beach party where they fill the courthouse square with sand.
This weekend is the Book Fair. Mostly there are lectures, discussions, and workshops with writers and vendor booths with small publishers and used book sellers.
I wasn’t tempted to purchase anything from the vendor booths- mostly because well, my cash flow needs to stay within it’s narrow channel at the moment but also because I realized a few years ago that I just didn’t have room to keep lots of books. I go to the library instead. I also didn’t see any knitting books I needed.
It helps that the library is across the street from my apartment building. Another plus for my small town.
Well guess what? The library had a sale out front too. Proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Library Group. And, look what I found for $3:
You are wondering perhaps why I don’t already own this? Because in college I had to purchase paperback editions of the more well known plays for a class and those usually suffice if I need to read a Shakespearean play for work. If I don’t have the play I need, someone I know usually does. I have now moved so many times and purged so many times that I’m not sure where those paperbacks ended up. I only know they are not on the bookshelf and they would take up too much room if they were. The price was right and look: It’s compact.