I love the tiered roof and the Alice in Wonderland theme of this LFL. I really appreciate the clarity of the instructions on top: Take A Book ~ Keep It ~ Share It. Often the LFLs instruct to "Take a Book. Leave a Book." I imagine that the take one/leave one phrase is intended to let you know that donations are welcome more than it is an admonishment, but I always think, "But wait, would it be okay if I took a book if I didn't have one to leave?" So, I prefer the invitation on this Wilmette LFL, which seems to me like, "You can take a book. Read and enjoy it. Keep it if you want or share it with someone else." If I ever realize my goal of installing an LFL, I'd like to send out that vibe.
And, let's say I was in need of reading material while in Wilmette on Labor Day ... what would I choose from this LFL? I was heavily involved in the editing of a sibling's essay on Judith Guest's Ordinary People but never have read it beyond scanning for textual evidence for that essay. There's a copy of P&P, but I own several already. I smiled when I noticed that in addition to P&P, this library also had Curtis Sittenfeld's Eligible on offer. I should have moved the two next to each other. I'm thinking I'd go with S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders. I loved that book hard in seventh grade and maybe I could "keep it" and "share it" with my sixth grader.
Despite the kind invitation, I didn't take a book, at least not one from this LFL. My uncle did send me home with a copy of Peter Davis's Hometown -- a book about the year the journalist spent in Hamilton, Ohio, which happens to be the hometown of my mom and uncle. I grew up in the town right next to Hamilton but my high school and many childhood activities took place in Hamilton so it has plenty of claims on me. Hometown is an older book and one I think I might appreciate at this stage in my life and at this distance (five hours away in Chicagoland). With Hillbilly Elegy and Middleton, Ohio (not too far or too dissimilar from Hamilton) getting so much (well-deserved) attention this past year, I'm eager to read Hometown.
I just had to include this photo of the beach. Three of the five kids on the outing braved the frigid waters of Lake Michigan. I'm at the point where my children are good swimmers and I don't need to hover at the beach but not at the point where I take that freedom for granted. It wasn't a gorgeous day, drizzled for a bit and almost no sun, but I enjoyed sitting in a chair on the (shrinking) beach and chatting with my uncle and cousin. Nice farewell to summer.