BiblioGeek: James Franco at the Library
As surreal as it may sound, yes the James Franco goes to libraries and in an even more bizarre twist-he films himself doing it then posts it on Twitter. (Yes he is now on Twitter)
Apparently he used to volunteer at the Palo Alto Children’s Library. Two things pop out…
1) He seems like such a quiet and reserved person–more adept at wearing his thinking cap while parsing some obscure and deep text–how did he deal with children?
2) It must have been a very long time ago when he wouldn’t be mauled by dozens if not hundreds of enamoured fans. I’m not sure what the visit is really about but it’s cool that he revisits his past. Maybe he’s filming it so he can set various clips to music life the Beatles’ “In My Life”…Like this one:
Or probably not.
He’s a little to cool and collected for that. His might be more Plastic Ono Band or White Album than than anything else–a performance art video with smatterings of familiarity and connections to what we consider reality.
I don’t doubt that He Who Studies Much suffers from nostalgia like the rest of us, though, and that perhaps this particular library might be kind of special for him.
I don’t presume to know what role the Palo Alto Library played in his life. I did read he grew up in Palo Alto so this may have been his neighborhood library a child. Maybe he was a book worm as a kid and the library was a haven for him like it was for me.
My local library was a huge part of my childhood. I spent hours strolling up and down the corridors of the local library browsing at the seemingly endless shelves of books. Judy Blume, Louise Fitzhugh, and others were my buddies–my old friends. I knew the library so well that near the age of 10 or 11 I got to the point where I would stop asking the librarian to help me because she only confirmed that a) a book I wanted was there or b) a book I wanted was not there. Great times.
What kind of memories do libraries hold for you?