Thankfully, some things never change…
“What one loves in childhood
stays in the heart forever.”
~Mary Jo Putney
Sweet memories of our weekly visits to the library as a child still warm my heart. I would thoughtfully choose an armful of books to check out, and couldn’t wait to begin reading them. I hugged them tightly, like treasures, while sitting in the backseat on the ride home from the library. I would often stay up late reading, with my book and a flashlight hidden beneath the blankets.
I’m so grateful that my mother shared her love of reading with me! Each afternoon, when I came home from school, it was so comforting to see my mom sitting in her favorite chair quietly reading as she waited for us. Although the print is a bit larger now, my mom continues to be an avid reader. Whenever I visit, it’s such a comfort to see her reading in her favorite chair. Readers raise readers. ♥
One of my greatest joys in life has been sharing my love of reading with my young students over the years. Gathering them close to read aloud. Helping them to discover that reading is thinking. Reading books by our ‘Author of the Month’ and celebrating with lively book discussions during our monthly ‘Author’s Lunch’ gatherings helped them blossom. Watching my students grow into real readers, with favorite authors, and a wish list of books to read was so exciting. Several students dreamed of becoming authors when they grew up. When they write letters to me, from middle school, high school, or the university, they are still eager to share what books they are reading now. Readers raise readers. ♥
One of the blessings of my ‘Renaissance’ (the special ‘R’ word that I use for retirement) is the wonderful gift of time spent at our public library. Our library is the heartbeat of our community and encourages lifelong learning in so many exciting ways!
It’s always so nice to visit the Children’s Library to see young children and their parents engaged in reading together. Early Literacy activities and reading celebrations help our young readers discover the joys of reading. Special areas of the library have also been designed for Middle School students, and Teens. There is so much to learn here at the library!
Our library is just over ten years old.
The original library had outgrown its space in a historic mansion in the park.
I will always remember Opening Day at the new library! All of the books had already been moved and organized in the new building. There was just one book remaining in the old library. Avid readers, young and old, gathered to form a human chain from the old library building, across the park, to our new library. We passed the last book, hand to hand, across the park to its home in our new library. What a moment… and a special celebration of the joy of reading! ♥
Nonfiction books are always my favorite genre.
I’m passionate about learning, growing, and blossoming in new ways.
Just walking through the door of the library fills me with a sense of discovery!
The ‘Travel Center’ is a wonderful resource for vacation planning…
and armchair travelers, too.
There is so much creative inspiration everywhere at the library!
At the ‘Culinary Cupboard,’ library patrons can borrow specialty baking pans for one week.
Perhaps it’s time to plan a party!
Our library offers so many interesting programs and classes each month. Last week, I attended three different technology classes and began learning Tai Chi, in evening classes at the library. In fact, the library is where I learned how to write our blog!
You can see a tiny sampling of the diverse classes coming up at the library. I have enjoyed classes in photography, memoir writing, watercolor painting, flower arranging, and so many other creative interests. This weekend, papercrafters will gather for our first ‘Crop’ event at the library. I’m really looking forward to an entire day of creativity, fun, and friendship!
Over the years, many things have changed…
Our library has continued to evolve with the changing times. Now we visit the library to access computer databases for research or genealogy. We use scanners at the library to digitize our old family slides for memory keeping. Some people come to use the 3-D printer, the Study Rooms, the Creative Studio Lab, or the Gathering Room. A variety of clubs attract people who love to read, cook, sew, blog, converse in a foreign language, travel, meditate, play games, or do genealogy. Our librarians and library staff share so many of their specialized talents with all of us. We feel so fortunate to take an active part in this learning community!
There is something for everyone at the library.
It’s a wonderful place to meet friendly people who share the same interests!
Readers often enjoy a quiet place near the fireplace,
with a hot drink, and a good book, newspaper, or magazine.
The library feels like a calm, peaceful oasis on a cold winter’s day!
Thankfully, some things never change.
I still love to come home with an armful of interesting books…
and I can’t wait to get started reading them! ♥
What are your favorite ways to use your public library?
How has your library changed over the years?