Welcome to my blog. I am Anne Robinson, in my 60s and also known online as “The Librain” (explanation below). From as long ago as I can remember, I loved libraries and wanted to be a librarian when I grew up. A lovely Library Assistant at the public library, The Beaney, in Canterbury was my inspiration and I wished to be just like her – she seemed very glamorous and was kind to me when I was little.
So I trained to be a Librarian, via degrees in Ancient History and Archaeology, and became a school librarian on and off from 1982 until I retired in 2014. The “off” bit was seven years at home bringing up our two sons.
Over the years I worked with many brilliant teachers, librarians and students. Some students could not spell “librarian” properly and so I have called the blog “The Librain” after my favourite version! Better than “Liberian” anyway. I was also “The_Librain” on Twitter – I followed librarians and educators from all over the world, however, since I retired, I have moved away from Twitter and have become addicted to Facebook instead where I can keep up with friends.
As I have a chronic illness, well rather a set of chronic conditions, and severe depression, I struggle daily to even get out of bed. Most days I manage to go downstairs for a few hours and I try to wear something other than tatty old clothes, mainly to cheer myself up! Occasionally, Lovely Husband manages to take me out for a while, although we don’t generally get very far. I count myself as very lucky that I have LH, who also suffers from a disability and with his health, and two gorgeous thirty-something sons. Elder Son has autism and learning difficulties and has come on so far that he holds down a part-time job. Younger Son has degrees coming out of his ears and now lives and works away from home. I miss him very much. All of my chaps brilliant and do their best to look after me and one another, but family life can often be a struggle.
I started the original “The Librain” blog so that I could track my research, thoughts and ideas about the future of school libraries. Now that I am no longer working, I decided to move and adapt the blog to record my life as a retired person, battling with chronic illness, and also write about the more frivolous aspects such as scarves and clothes. But I will always be a librarian in my heart!
Please note that I write about clothes and accessories purely for my own amusement, and hopefully that of my readers. I am not a style and fashion blogger, but just talk about my own clothes and sometimes new items as I purchase them. I have no intention of or interest in endorsing any particular brands or making any money from this blog!
I so enjoy your posts. I am about the same age as you and I, too, struggle with depression though most around me are unaware. You and I both like Hermès, and it looks like we both loved our parents very, very much. I am glad I found your blog.
An even nicer comment! Blogging has helped me so much as it gives me some structure to the day, I get to try my hand at writing again, I get a place to vent a little and I feel that I need to at least try to get out of bed so that I can have an Outfit of the Day! I hope that your family and friends are helpful and supportive. X
Discovered your blog while I’m locked-down, working from home. Your reading lists and notes on Hermès scarves have been a highlight of my weekend. I’m very close to retirement now, thinking about it more and more lately. Love your posts as they remind me that retirement from a job is not an end to being a participant in the world. Hoping you and family are doing well. Take good care
Dear Michelle, thank you so much for your lovely comment. It has really made my day, especially during these difficult times. Best wishes, Anne x
I really enjoy reading your blog and thought I’d say hi!
I was wondering whether you’d consider joining the Discovery book review community — I think we could potentially be a good fit.
In case you haven’t heard of Discovery, we spotlight gems of the indie publishing world — great books that are often overshadowed by big bestsellers.
What do you think? I’m happy to chat more via email! You can reach me on firstname.lastname@example.org
All the best, and thanks for your interesting work on the blog,
Victoria, Professional Book Nerd @ Discovery
Dear Victoria, thank you for your comment and the intriguing offer. As I am so ill, I am not sure that I could commit to anything at the moment. I will have a think and may contact you in the future.
Best wishes, Anne X
Hi Anne, sure, take your time! Have a good weekend, Victoria
I recently discovered your blog when I was researching an Hermès scarf I was interested in. I couldn’t seem to find all the colorways but luckily you had gotten this same scarf and written an entry about it (Mare Nostrum, and I got it in the grey). It’s been fun reading about your love of scarves and the outfits you put together. I aim to read your book reviews soon too.
My Hermès affliction began in high school and I have been collecting ever since. I was also lucky to have inherited some and received some as gifts, so my purchase outlay hasn’t been too crippling! I tried to add some photos but that doesn’t seem to be an option here.
I do hope you continue to write your fun posts, despite your health situation. I know about the “can’t get out of bed days,” sadly, and I wish you the best,
Dear Nichola, many thanks for your lovely comment. I only started my Hermès collection when I retired as I couldn’t have afforded them when I was younger. They bring me such joy now. Also, H scarfies are such a lovely and welcoming group!
I am so glad that the Mare Nostrum scarf profile was helpful. It is not one of my best as the information was hard to find. One day, I may return to it and try to make some improvements.
Best wishes, Anne XXX