The Power of the Library

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The WWAT Crew just got a new member and if that isn’t exciting enough, she is a librarian. Now in my book, librarians are rock stars. They are the keepers of the most amazing places on Earth and they know what the readers want. Am I right?

Libraries have a plethora of information on any curiosity one might have and the means to take you on any adventure your heart desires. The only drawback is you have to be quiet which I find it difficult to contain myself when I am so happy. And no it’s also not cool, to smack the person in the chair next to you to share the most amazing scene you just read either. My husband has informed me of that.

My Mom was a friend of the library and my Dad was always studying this or that so needless to say I spent a lot of time in libraries growing up. Which may be why they give me the feeling of home when I am far away. However, there was a time when I forgot the magic of my special place. Instead, as a college grad and a working woman, I liked to hang out in bookstores and buy everything. Which was cool and all, until I had children. All of a sudden I had to practice self-restraint which is really, really hard when you want all the books.

But, guess what? There is a place where self-restraint goes out the door (Not exactly. There’s a limit to how many books and how long. Oh yeah and that whole being quiet thing). Libraries made it possible for me to continue writing and to do fun things with my kids. I’d sign them up for story time, which I’m pretty sure we both loved equally. I’d scour the shelves for them and me. I found out which stories kids loved and I got to keep up with the latest books in kidlit.

It worked best before they were mobile. Fortunately, or unfortunately, they take after their mother. They love books, but have trouble with the whole self-control too so I have to be a very attentive mom. Often the middle grade section is by the picture books, but it is rare that the young adult section is. I get it they don’t want to be hanging out near the little ones. Anyways my kids wouldn’t just stay with me in the section I was in :/.


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