I saw that National Library week is coming up in April, and that led to some questions. How often do you use your public library and how do you use it? Has the coffeehouse/bookstore replaced the library? Did you go to the library as a child? Do you have any particular memories of the library? Do you like sleek, modern, active libraries or the older, darker, quiet, cozy libraries?
As the saying goes, I ♥ libraries…ever since I was wee, I’ve loved the sight, smell, and hushed sounds of my local library. When I was very small, the library was just across the street from my house, and although I wasn’t old enough to go alone, my grandfather often walked me over in the morning where I would sit on the floor and happily pull books off the shelves.
But when I was six we moved away from that perfect spot, and I was forced to spend the next 10 years cajoling people into driving me the three miles to our local library. The minute I had a driver’s license in my hand, I got into my little blue Nova and drove lickety split to the library. From then on, I was there practically every day.
Living in the same community for my entire life, I’ve made good use of that library. My son enrolled in the summer reading programs there, just as I did, and he and I rode bikes to the library on sunny summer days, sometimes stopping for ice cream at the Dairy Queen on the way home.
Three years ago, our community built a brand new library, which is even closer to my home – not quite across the street, but within easy walking distance. Seems I’ve come full circle, doesn’t it? It’s a beautiful building, decorated in Frank Lloyd Wright style. It even has a cafe 🙂 And there’s plenty of room for lots and lots of new books.
I will always be a library user, even though I love visiting the big book stores with all their shiny new books and bookish paraphenalia. But libraries offer everyone the opportunity to read and enjoy books, and there’s something so very special about that.