James Patterson

For today’s Thankful Thursday I am thankful for author James Patterson.

That guy churns out best selling books, like Little Caesars rolls out hot and ready pizzas!

In 2012 alone, Patterson produced 13 total books. As someone who has had to grind to make just one book, I have a deep respect for anyone that can write one book, let alone one book for every month.

And not only does he write books at the same rate as Peyton Manning throws touchdown passes, but his books are phenomenal.

I just got his new book Gone at the library and I can wait to get started on it.

As I mentioned in an earlier Thankful Thursday, I listen to audio books in the car while driving. Most of the time you’ll find me listening to a James Patterson book.

Mr. Patterson has filled the silence for thousands of miles I’ve traveled and he’s made each one enjoyable.

And the best part is that because Patterson publishes a book as often as the Duggars produce kids, I will never run out of his books to read and listen to.

I am thankful for James Patterson and his awesome books!

First Library

As I sit in the library and write this post, I can’t but be amazed by all of the free books. I am surrounded by hundreds of book, all of which I can check out and read at no cost.

In today’s world, the library is very unique. I can’t think of too many places where you can take home hours of entertainment for free. I guess you can say the same about YouTube but even there you have to watch ads.

My mom is a teacher and she is constantly checking out books. Because she has so many checked out at one time, she often forgets to return them on time. When I was younger I used to think that my mom’s overdue fees singly handedly kept the library in business.

Looking at all the books makes me wonder when the first library started. Was there some president who was a real bookworm that came along and decided that everyone needed to read more? If so, I’m guessing it was James Polk. He kind of looks like a bookworm, doesn’t it?

James Polk

History of Libraries:

Turns out libraries have been around since long before James Polk. Like hundreds of years before JP.

Wikipedia says that the first libraries open to the public were a collection of Greek and Latin scrolls which were available in many buildings in the Roman Empire.

Why did I just assume that libraries were an American invention?  Didn’t I realize that people were reading long before Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue?

There is some conflict over what was the first public library in the United States. Some claim that Boston’s library was the first in 1636, while others argue that Charleston’s St Philip’s Church was the first and was started in 1698.

Whichever was first, it is pretty clear that James Polk had nothing to do with it.

So there you have it, libraries have been around forever. I just wonder how they survived before my mom was around to pay late fees. Maybe I have an ancient Roman relative who also couldn’t remember to return their books.