Slow Mail

Does anyone write letters anymore? We sure hope so! And February is the perfect month to think about writing a special letter to someone—yourself in the future, a loved one, or maybe even to someone you don’t really know, but would like to share some kind words with.

20160208_163601SLOW MAIL is our newest library fun! Write a letter at our special table, address it, and we’ll mail it out….a year from now! (No, we’re not trying to compete with the Post Office, as you can see.)  This is a great way to see what you’re thinking right now….and mail yourself some goals. Or send your sweetheart a letter telling them how much they mean to you. Think of this as a time capsule. You’ll probably forget all about it, and then next year–bingo! Your mail will arrive. What a fun surprise, right?

20160208_163554To get you inspired, we’ve put out a really great selection of books on letter writing that might help you figure out what you want to say. I’m getting out my pen and paper right now. Are you?

Letters of Note

I came across an interesting website called “Letters of Note” that collects fascinating letters and correspondence by famous and not-so-famous people. Recently, they posted a letter written by author Kurt Vonnegut to a class of students who were assigned to write a letter to their favourite author. The reply is wonderful.

November 5, 2006

Dear Xavier High School, and Ms. Lockwood, and Messrs Perin, McFeely, Batten, Maurer and Congiusta:

I thank you for your friendly letters. You sure know how to cheer up a really old geezer (84) in his sunset years. I don’t make public appearances any more because I now resemble nothing so much as an iguana.

What I had to say to you, moreover, would not take long, to wit: Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.

Seriously! I mean starting right now, do art and do it for the rest of your lives. Draw a funny or nice picture of Ms. Lockwood, and give it to her. Dance home after school, and sing in the shower and on and on. Make a face in your mashed potatoes. Pretend you’re Count Dracula.

Here’s an assignment for tonight, and I hope Ms. Lockwood will flunk you if you don’t do it: Write a six line poem, about anything, but rhymed. No fair tennis without a net. Make it as good as you possibly can. But don’t tell anybody what you’re doing. Don’t show it or recite it to anybody, not even your girlfriend or parents or whatever, or Ms. Lockwood. OK?

Tear it up into teeny-weeny pieces, and discard them into widely separated trash recepticals. You will find that you have already been gloriously rewarded for your poem. You have experienced becoming, learned a lot more about what’s inside you, and you have made your soul grow.

God bless you all!

Kurt Vonnegut

Go to the site to see the original letter. It is wonderful, as is the signature!


If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to receive a letter in the mail from a famous author, wonder no more! Now you can subscribe to a really interesting program through The Rumpus called “Letters in the Mail”.


Twice each month, you’ll receive a letter from a famous author….in the mail! Yes, they’ll be real letters, although photocopied. Some are hand-written, some typed, and some even include illustrations. The best thing? They include a return address, so you can always write back to the author, if you’re so inclined. It doesn’t cost much to subscribe, and it might be a fun idea for that special person if you’re thinking about gift giving for the holidays. They even have a kids version for your favourite bibliophile!

Prices are $6/month US, and a bit more if you live outside of the United States, but it’s still worth it. Isn’t this a fun idea? You can read more about the whole program here and sign up.

Letters of Note

Recently, author David Walliams posted a letter from an 8-year-old “fan”. While every review can’t be glowing, this cutie told it like it was…but made sure not to hurt his feelings entirely. While she likes his other books, this one “wasn’t very funny”. Her letter sure was funny. Click on the photo to see it in a larger version.




And if you’re interested in reading wonderful letters written to famous and not-so-famous people, you might want to drop by the blog called Letters of Note. And they’ve now compiled their most loved letters into a book called LETTERS OF NOTE, just released in the US. Each letter is honest and fantastic. I can’t stop reading them. Take a few minutes to scroll through… won’t regret it. (Please keep in mind that some letters use graphic language.)



Write a Letter

We’ve all heard of the idea of writing your younger self a letter, being able to tell your teenage self or your twenty (or 50) year old self something important that you’ve learned through experience. But what if you could write a meaningful letter to your future self?Isn’t this a great idea?  Maybe it’s just a goal you’d like to accomplish, or an idea you don’t have time for right now but don’t want to forget. Maybe it’s a resolution for the entire year or a promise you would like to keep. You could easily get a journal and write out that letter, and promise to look at it at the end of the year (maybe jot the date on your calendar). Or, you could try this:


Write a letter to yourself and have it emailed at a later date!  The people at General Assembly have created a fun and functional form that you can fill out with all your goals and ideas, and have it emailed to yourself whatever date you choose.  It might be a great way to see if you’re keeping up with that goal to exercise more.  Or maybe you just want to remind yourself to stop stressing about life so much.  You can customize the letter in whatever way that suits you, using the funny drop down menus, or just putting everything in the body of the last question, if that’s less campy.

Now, I can see all kinds of applications for this, and overall, it’s a fantastic idea.  It might also backfire if you haven’t kept up with something you really intended to focus on. It is meant as a resolution reminder, but feel free to use it whatever way suits you best. Go ahead, send a Letter to Yourself!

Roald Dahl Stamps

If you live in the UK, you have the option of an extra treat when mailing your letters….official Roald Dahl stamps, featuring the artwork from some of the author’s most famous works.

Wouldn’t you like to receive a little note with one of these on the envelope?  You can see the entire collection here.