"When I got my first library card, that is when my life began" ~ Rita Mae Brown
To me, libraries will always be a place of magic. When I was a little boy, I used to beg my mother or grandmother to take me to the local library. They would drop me off and I would spend hours there just perusing random books. When I found one that captured my fancy, I would find a secluded nook somewhere in the library and just read there for hours and hours...getting lost in stories.
I used to use the Dewey Decimal System to look up books. Does anyone remember that? Good times.
When I went to college, my love affair with libraries continued. I used to intentionally register for classes that had 2 or 3-hour blocks in between them so that I would have time to go the library for extended periods in-between classes. I eventually found this isolated room on the third floor that had a little reading desk by a wooden-framed window. Nobody was ever usually up there so I would always read by that window. On warm days, I would open the window and let the sunlight warm the pages that I was reading.
Amazing memories indeed.
Libraries today are so much different though. They have changed so much in the few years that I have been out of college. Everything is digital now. People just don’t go to them like they used to. And when they do, everyone is reading on a Tablet, Kindle, or a laptop. I read a story recently about libraries and how so many of them are closing.
I think that if libraries ever die out, a part of us will die out as well.
What are your thoughts on libraries? Do you, or did you, have a library that you frequented or still frequent? Please share your stories.