Serendipity at the library
I love the word “serendipity.” I love the colour of it (green and blue and orange, for my fellow synesthetes) , I love the sound of it, I love the meaning of it, and I love invoking it.
The first time I heard about it was in the children’s book “Serendipity” by Stephen Cosgrove.
My favourite place to invoke serendipity is at the library. I wander the stacks and wait for serendipity to reveal itself. I’ve found so many books I wouldn’t have read otherwise, just by walking the stacks.
I’ve also found the drawbacks of the dewey decimal system that way. Books with the same subject are not always found beside each other in the library. For example, biographies and autobiographies. They can be found all over the non-fiction area, because sometimes they sneak into a subject section, out of the autobiography/biographies.
I often look for child development books for my work with Playcentre. They, too, are strewn all over, depending on whether the book is about child development, child learning, child difficulties or problems, or true life stories.
This is why I enjoy invoking serendipity at the library. I find interesting things. Especially in areas that I normally wouldn’t go.