Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Scene of the Blog Featuring Charlotte of Charlotte's Library!

This week, we're visiting a New England blogger who's an archaeologist by day and the president of the Friends of a small library by night. Charlotte is an active member of Kidlitosphere, and a three-time Cybils Awards panelist.

If you want to know about fantasy and science fiction books for kids and teenagers, Charlotte's Library should be one of your first stops. One of the things I enjoy on her blog is her weekly round-up of links to as many reviews of middle grade fantasy and science fiction books as she can find. (As a fellow link rounder-upper, I know how time-consuming this can be!)

I hope you take the time to stop by Charlotte's Library to check it out and to say hello-- and before we get to the fun part, please remember that if you'd like to see a photo in a larger size, all you have to do is click on it. Now-- let's visit Charlotte!

Charlotte's home computer
Here's my home computer, where I do all of my blogging.  Some times are easier to blog than others...five in the morning, before the other users (the two shown, plus my husband) wake up, is rather nice.  The books shown next to the computer are anxiously hoping to be reviewed; their time has almost elapsed (judging by the thickness of the dust that's accumulated, but while they are still in the house, there's hope).   The books below the computer are simply overflow... I don't love them as much as the books that get to go on real shelves.

Charlotte's favorite place to read
Our house has lots of lovely sunny places to read, like the sofa in the downstairs sun room, which is my favorite.  Someday the upstairs sun room will be a lovely place to read too...we hope.  One reason why I'm behind on my reading is that over the last year and a half we have stripped and reglazed all but six of the windows shown on this part of the house.

Charlotte's desk at work
And here is a place I spend lots of time (but not, of course, blogging time)--my desk at work.  My office used to be the semi subterranean holding cell area for prisoners awaiting trial in the courtroom is not a Beautiful place (we've tried to fix the moldering plaster several times, but water keeps getting in and moldering it afresh...), but it is odd and quirky, and not as bad as it might look.  Happily, the old metal table from the medical examiner's office that was my first desk got replaced.  I did not like thinking about that table's past life. 

Creating reading spaces can be hard work!

Charlotte sent me this collage, and I had to share it with you. She mentioned reglazing windows, and now you have a better idea of exactly what she's talking about. I love the view of the outside of her house! I am afraid that I'd spend more time looking out the windows than reading, though....

Charlotte, I'm so glad you shared your creative spaces with us-- and I'm also very glad that your desk at work was replaced with one that didn't have such unsavory associations!

Don't forget to stop by next week when another book blogger from our worldwide community will be sharing her creative spaces with us!


  1. That is one lovely house! I'm that in the end all your hard work will be worth it.

  2. Thanks so much for having me as your guest, Cathy!

  3. What a fun feature! Thanks for giving Charlotte a chance to share these great pictures!

  4. We got tired of fighting over computer time and got separate computers. I love all the windows on her house and would probably spend lots of time looking out of them too.

  5. Love Charlotte's house. I think her former desk at work would be good for a mystery reviewer (like you, Cathy) to use. Suitably gory past and all . . .

  6. What a lovely house! I'm so glad you featured Charlotte. Her blog is one of my favorites.

  7. I've been a follower of Charlotte's blog for the longest time and I had no idea that she's an archaeologist! For some reason, I thought she was a librarian? Love how quirky her office is but the medical examination table is indeed creepy. Charlotte also has a beautiful home, look at all those windows!

  8. What a marvelous house!

    And of course "the semi subterranean holding cell area for prisoners awaiting trial" also caught my fancy :)

    Thank you for sharing your world with us, Charlotte.

  9. OH, all those windows are wonderful to behold. I'd love to sit there and just stare out the window at the changing world. What a great house.

    A medical examiner's table for a desk. Love it! Ha!

  10. Thank you all for stopping by! Someday we'll have the upstairs sunroom finished, and I'll post a picture of that--it's the room the dumbwaiter comes up to, which is nice touch!

  11. Love seeing where you work and read. I love Charlotte's blog. I really recommend it.

  12. Charlotte-- The pleasure is all mine. Thanks for being such a wonderful guest!

    Yingling-- You're welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    Barbara-- How did you know I was secretly hankering for that desk???

    LinWash-- I'm glad you stopped by to take a look!


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