Count The Shadows


When you’re a Whovian, if somebody mentions a library you immediately think of the episode Silence In The Library and the Vashta Nerada:

Vashta NeradaI’m sure that library staff the world over are fed up with asking someone if they need help, only to hear the response “I’m just counting the shadows” – but if they’ve ever watched the show they probably expect to hear it anyway.

I wonder if this might be the reason that our new local library was designed in the way it has been? Plenty of windows, bright furnishings, not a single thing to cast a shadow. No Vashta Nerada would be able to hide in there!

In fact, here is our library:

LibraryAs you can see, it is light, bright and welcoming – no shadows here! On Friday I was sat at that very table in that very chair, reading A Night To Remember and enjoying getting out of the house for a couple of hours. This library is so close to home that the tree visible in the far right window marks where our house is – just behind it.

I have some books on order that haven’t arrived yet, but when they do – and when my arm has healed – I shall enjoy taking Vera (my laptop) over the road to read up on what I’m researching and take notes. Obviously I could do this research at home, but it does me good to get outside of these four walls to meet people. Also, who can study when a neighbour has a distracting, annoying yappy dog? So the dog seems to be getting some training now, since I complained for a second time, and sounds far less frustrated… but I’ll still go to the library to research my chosen projects, thanks. I’d much rather be surrounded by happy kids than try to study with a yappy dog going on in the background for hours on end!

Apparently I’m allowed to recommend books. Well, Marc Schuster, Martha Reynolds, Diane Duane and Jane Thomson are at the top of my list! Brilliant writers, all.

D is volunteering there today. I wanted to go over there for a bit but my arm is still bad and my books aren’t in. Hopefully I’ll be well enough on Friday to at least go over and meet the volunteer who loves Doctor Who.

I have lots of blog posts I’d like to write once I’m able to get out of this bed and do something without wrecking my arm again, but that will have to wait for now. In the mean time I apologise for being so dull!

About Missus Tribble

Media volunteer for Epilepsy Action (UK) and advocate for both epilepsy and autism awareness. Would like a Tardis when I grow up.
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4 Responses to Count The Shadows

  1. There mustn’t be any Vashta Nerada in the OHP library. I regularly walk through there in the dark and haven’t been eaten yet!

  2. paulaacton says:

    I am going to sound miserable now but I don’t like these new sterile libraries. I like the old fashioned stacks, rows upon rows of lovely dark wood, the adventure of what you might find lurking around the corner, the new layouts always seem a little to me like the have extended the kiddies corner to encompass the full library

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