Library Books


In my cleaning out the downstairs effort, I donated boxes and BOXES of books to the library yesterday. I had Weston do the heavy lifting. It felt so good to rid myself of the burden of mountains of books. I have read them, loved them, but I am done with them now. I would rather have space. I used to be such a keeper of books. Now, if I don’t see a reason I will use the book again, I don’t want to keep it. (Some books, I do keep. Either for sentimental reasons–a few books–or for practical reasons, because they are a resource. But most books? I read once and I’m done. I must stop KEEPING them.)

In other news, while we are still waiting to hear whether or not Weston will receive a scholarship award as the result of his National Merit Scholarship Finalist status, he was nominated for the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship by his high school. Each high school can nominate one student. Weston was nominated here, which was a surprise. We’ve also applied for a number of other scholarships, and he has already been awarded a big scholarship from WVU (West Virginia University), where he has already been accepted and plans to attend. After filling out the FAFSA last month, the results of that were very encouraging as to the grants he will receive. Between grants and scholarships, I expect he will go to college for free. Much of that, because of his wonderful brain, so he did it himself. I’m so proud of him!

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on March 9, 2011  

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  1. 3-9

    I used to have a hard time getting rid of books too. Then we moved twice in 18 months. :dancingmonster: I still have a lot of books, but I’m getting alt more discerning about what I do keep!

  2. 3-9

    Congratulations to Weston! Scholarships were very important in getting my two boys through college as well. It is a wonderful thing when they grow up and use all the good information and critical thinking skills that we helped to stuff in their brains! and I haven’t even addressed COMMON SENSE! Once again, congratulations to Weston and to you, Suzanne. Good mama!

    I love books. That’s all I am going to say about that.

  3. 3-9

    Congratulations to Weston! This is fantastic news.

    Good work on repurposing books, Suzanne.

  4. 3-9

    Great news about Weston! Does he know what kind of engineer he wants to be? Civil? Electrical? I ask because often the professional societies have loans, stipends, scholarships and such for bright as a light students.

  5. 3-9

    Congrats to Weston!!

    I can’t get rid of any of our books. My husband’s a keeper and just got two big trash bags full of old scifi paper backs from his stepdad. It’s a losing battle here, lol.

  6. 3-9

    Tell Wes, congratulations. Both of our went to MU on curator’s scholarships. He will do you proud.

  7. 3-9

    Good for Weston!!! and Mom :)

  8. 3-9

    That is wonderful news! Congratulations to him….and you!

  9. 3-9

    Congrats to Weston and good for you Suzanne for giving up those books….you lose some clutter, and just might make someone else very happy in the process!

  10. 3-9

    Great job to both of you!

  11. 3-9

    Congratulations, Weston and Mom!

  12. 3-9

    WEston is a star, and you are a lucky mom! I love books too, and find it hard to get rid of them…. but maybe this spring will be the year to create space!

  13. 3-9

    See what books can do….Maybe they weren’t what Weston used…but he knew Mom was a book fan and how important books were for education…It rubs off….
    Congratulations to Weston!
    Someone will find a book in there they can use…
    The libraries around here are having their Spring books sales…
    I love them, so many books cheap and sometimes they have free bag deals that are great for crafts, so you don’t feel terrible cutting the pictures and tearing them up for those little ones school projects…

  14. 3-9

    Awesomeness all the way around…

  15. 3-9

    Good for you Weston. I earned my way through college too. I appreciated it all the more for it. Great news!

  16. 3-9

    i am working on cleaning out myself i want to thank you for chickens in the road i live in the country an have dogs pigs an chickens in the road i cant wait to get on face book to read all your posts we have a lot of things in common thank you again. god bless delia gill

  17. 3-9

    this is delia they are not in the road that was a miss print ha ha

  18. 3-9

    Its all about love! You obviously did things right and he loves every minute of it. Congratulations to both of you. Excellent

  19. 3-9

    The apples don’t fall far from the tree!!
    Congrats to Weston, he will go far.
    I hope you kept one or two books for your working farm guests to read themselves to sleep.

  20. 3-9

    :dancingmonster: Congratulations Weston!!!! That is so awesome!! Great job!! I know you must be so proud Suzanne!! And happy that all of his hard work earned him a free trip to WVU!!!! I can’t wait to show Maddy!! Woo Hoo!!!! :snoopy: :shimmy: :sun:

  21. 3-9

    Congratulations Weston! And to you too Momma! You know that he had some genetic help with all that brain power! The Promise scholarship is also available for bright students, don’t miss out on that!!!! :snoopy:

  22. 3-9

    Diane, yes, he will get the Promise, too!

  23. 3-9

    Congrats to Weston. WVA is a wonderful school and Morgantown isn’t too far away.

  24. 3-9

    Such wonderful news! Congratulations to Weston, and to you, too, Suzanne. You must have instilled the love of reading, and learning, in your children. Hard work DOES have it’s rewards. And I’m the same as you in regards to books. I used to save them like a little pack rat, but outside of classics, did not re-read them. So I donated them to our library. USUALLY I go to the library now to read books instead of purchasing them. I may need to wait awhile for my turn at a new release, but it saves money, and I’m all for that.

  25. 3-9

    That’s great news for Weston. Congrats to him too!

  26. 3-9

    I hear that the PELL is being reduced or eliminated. We need to protect our children. Don’t let anything slip through the cracks. There is much out there that we are not aware…..

  27. 3-9

    Congratulations Weston your hard work paid off. Now if I could just get my grandchildren to realize
    I too have tons of books but its hard to get rid of them. I admire you..

  28. 3-9

    Super post! Way to go! Both of you. :woof:

  29. 3-9

    I too was a terrible hoarder of books. Then a miracle happened. My husband gave me a Kindle for Christmas. WALA!!! All the big old dust covered tomes are GONE and I have them all in the space of less than one paper backed book. I can call them up where ever and whenever I want… I love love love my Kindle.
    Congrats to both Weston and yourself. It takes a good Mom to make a great kid!!!

  30. 3-9

    That is great news! Congrats to him, and a big relief for you I’m sure. Yay! :sun:

  31. 3-9

    Congrats to your son! Mine is set to graduate but he is doing his scholarship applications by osmosis…if he thinks about it the form will fill out be itself. LOL

  32. 3-9

    Weston is totally awesome, and so are you Suzanne! :snoopy:

  33. 3-10

    Congratulations Weston on the results of all the hard work!!!
    And Congratulations on your hard work Mom — and terrific on the clean out – I am slowly weeding out books – have 8 bookcases and 12 boxes of books — I work for a library so its so tempting to go to every sale and pull out books to add to the collection!!!!

  34. 3-11

    Congratulations to Weston! This is such wonderful news. Suzanne, sounds like your love of books and learning new things has passed to your children.

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