There are so many reasons to love libraries, but I’ve narrowed down my long list to five.
1. The librarians. The keepers of the books are full of incredible knowledge and great resources when it comes to researching information. I spent a great deal of time at the county library when I was in college and could always count on the librarians to help me find whatever information I needed.
2. Specific tools. Whether you are trying to find some obscure tidbit of local history, or maybe look up an essay or biography, libraries provide search tools and resources you won’t find anywhere else. Utilize that incredible service.
3. The quiet. I enjoy quite spaces and places. The library is a perfect place for college kids in need of a peaceful place to knock out a research paper or someone who wants to quiet corner to curl up and read.
4. The smell. Okay, maybe this one seems weird, but I loved pushing open the door to the library when I was a kid and drawing in a big breath. It smelled like – books! Old books. New books. Books full of wonderful adventures that practically danced right off the page. I still love that smell of books.
5. Books. Whether you are on a limited book budget, or just like to voraciously read, libraries are the best at providing a broad range of books – free to library members. I can’t think of too many better ways to travel the world, journey into the past, jump into the future, rest on the banks beneath a shade tree, chase fireflies, ride a wild mustang across open range, or dance at a ball all for free just by reading a book.
The library where I was the children’s librarian was not exactly quiet. I think the staff was more noisy than the patrons. Libraries are wonderful places for all the reasons you mentioned above. I am sure we could all add one more reason they are so special to us.
I think it is wonderful you were a children’s librarian. I certainly adored the librarian in the children’s section when I was young. Libraries are truly such wonderful places!