“What We Were Reading” is a look back into the Lake Bluff Library’s history during the 1930’s. Every week the Library published a list of books and events going on in the “Lake Forester” newspaper, similar to how we post here on our blog. This is a fun retrospective as we celebrate our centennial anniversary.
The library will be closed on the evening of Labor Day, next Monday night. We now have This Singing World edited by Louis Untermeyer. It is a collection of poetry for young people, written mostly by living writers. There are musical poems, the rousing voices of Kipling’s ballads, poems for the dreamer–bringing castles in the clouds and pictures in the dying fire, and poems of galloping nonsense. A wonderful collection for the older child, or for the mother to read aloud at night while the children are tumbling into bed.
Won’t your child like “The Rabbit” by Elizabeth Madox Roberts, whose story “The Great Meadow” you have enjoyed?
When they said the time to hide was mine,
I hid back under a thick grape vine.
And while I was still for the time to pass,
A litle gray thing came out of the grass.
He hopped his way through the melon bed
And sat down close by a cabbage head.
He sat down close where I could see,
And his big still eyes looked hard at me,
His big eyes bursting out of the rim,
And I looked back very hard at him.
Or, “The Ship o’Bed” by Robert P. T. Coffin which starts:
When I was young, I had a bed
That was no bed at all,
But a good great ship with seven masts
And seamen brown and tall.
Each seaman had a lantern white
To light us past the bars,
And all of them knew old sea-songs,
And their eyes were like the stars.
–Flora G. Coen