BTT asks: How often do you visit a library? Do you go to borrow books? Do research? Check out the multi-media center? Hang out with the friendly and knowledgeable staff? Are you there out of love or out of need?
I visit the library every day. Of course, I work there, so it’s expected. But even before I began working at my hometown library, I visited it on a weekly basis. (Hence…this week at the library.) It probably goes without saying, but I love libraries. “Love” is not hyperbole, because to me they’re community centers as well as places wherein the culture of our societies is preserved –rather like medieval monasteries, but without waking up at three a.m. to pray. I like seeing people come together in the library, whether it’s old friends chatting as they read newspapers together downstairs, or listening to a little girl read aloud to her sister. I still use the library heavily for my reading, and lately I’ve begun research in its microfilm room. Visitors frequently marvel at the library’s size, relative to the town it serves, and the friendliness of the staff. Recently a retired couple touring the country in their RV paid us a visit, and shared several photos of the library’s insides here. Because of its location at the heart of downtown, the library is imminently accessible to virtually everyone: children and teenagers often arrive on foot or by bike.