Tuesday, February 6

Doll Lust





Our newest addition is slowly revealing herself to us. Her name is Miss Pearl Sparrow and she is the librarian on my Our floating bookmobile!


Pearl (as she will be commonly known) is a combination of both Miss Sparrow, the delightful librarian in Maud Hart Lovelace's Deep Valley books, and real-life librarian Nancy Pearl. 


Nancy Pearl (born Jan. 12, 1945) is an American librarian, best-selling author, and literary critic. She achieved broader fame with Book Lust, her 2003 guide to good reading. She is also the author of a novel and a memoir.


Our Pearl is a quiet, bookish 9-year-old girl. She wears glasses (like Me!), and adores clothing that is inspired by books. You should have seen her eyes light up when she saw the two Nancy Drew dresses (with book cover aprons!) and Paddington Bear outfit that survived the fire!


Pearl's two great ambitions in life are to grow up to be a children's librarian, AND become the inspiration for a Librarian Action Figure by Archee McPhee. 


Pearl is busy dusting and cleaning Our Library. Our books suffered extensive smoke and water damage during the fire and she has plenty of work to do. 


She has Tasked Me with finding a new bookcase. Our former bookcase was an empty whiskey gift box that formerly held three bottles in a former life. It made a great bookcase when it was on its side, so Momma and I need to find another, or maybe a wooden teabag display case.


Any ideas?




15 comments:

  1. Try your local Costco. They often receive bottles of wine/alcohol in divided wooden crates.

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  2. Whiskey gift box, you say? Nonna might be able to help you with that

    We have a really nice cigar box that would make a short shelf (two levels of books), it's real wood.
    ~Xyra

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    1. The whiskey gift box was perfect while it lasted. It had a dark cherry or mahogany finish, three dividers (or shelves), and an acrylic cover that made it look like a lawyers bookcase when on its side. Momma put feet on it so it sat level.

      I’ll have to check out cigar boxes, too.

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    2. Ours doesn't have any dividers, but has a black lacquer finish. You could cut the slide lid to make shelves.

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    3. None of my whisky boxes are that cool. Sorry. I wonder what kind of whisky it was ...

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    4. I'd say something the PLCB doesn't buy, but you travel for you collection, Nonna. :-)

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    5. Ahh, whiskey before tea, eh Nonna? **wink wink nudge nudge**

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  3. Bamboo silverware tray

    (Our books still smell like soot. We cry whenever we think of them. Some are irreplaceable. So we keep them anyway).

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    1. Thanks, I’ll check out the silverware drawers, but many of our mini books are by Running Press so they’re a bit taller than AG books.

      Most of the mini books are in pretty good condition thanks to the acrylic cover on the former whiskey gift box/bookcase. The box was (soggy) toast, but the books inside had minimal smoke and water damage. Sadly, Momma’s books didn’t fair as well....

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    2. Keep me posted if you can't find anything. I am thinking of making us some custom shelves. If I do...I might as well cut some for you at the same time (not until at least late spring).

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