Guys! Guys! I have to tell you about the most amazing place I discovered last week: it’s called a “library, ” and it’s filled with wonderful books on all sorts of subjects, and you can borrow them for free!
OK, I admit, I knew what a library was before last week. But based on my experiences with them in college and high school, if I’d written my own dictionary entry for the word library, it would have read:
1: A sort of torture chamber located on college campuses where you spend up to 20 hours straight slaving away on research papers that you should have started two weeks ago.
2: A place to receive attitude and snippy comments about the fact that you technically don’t live within city limits and aren’t old enough to check out books anyway.
I had unintentionally written off libraries after a series of failed efforts to get a library card in my small town during high school, and after one too many painful all-nighters under the fluorescent lights of our college library. So when Hallie suggested that we do a “girls night out” where she could re-introduce me to this mysterious place, I reluctantly agreed. And, wow, am I glad I did!
It’s hard to believe that a grown woman could be unaware of the riches that her local library had to offer, but somehow I managed to be completely oblivious to it. I was like a kid in a candy store as I walked through the aisles, grabbing all sorts of books that I’d wanted to read but hadn’t had the money to buy. I even went at just the right time: the library is about to close for more than a month, so any books we check out now we get to keep until November 2. I went crazy.
For those of you who are fellow bibliophiles, I even took a picture of our family haul (I went back with my husband so that he could get a stack before they close). I am just so excited. I may never leave the house again. (Oh, wait, I never leave the house anyway. I’m all set then!)
I’ve been trying to be better about appreciating all the luxuries that I take for granted in my daily life: the abundance at the grocery store, air conditioning, my comfy car to take us safely from place to place. My latest thing to be thankful for is the local library. As a voracious reader, I don’t know how I missed the fact that we basically have a House of Free books just a couple miles down the road, but I am thrilled to have re-discovered this wonderful institution.
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