Who knew there was a National Library Week? Well maybe you did, but it took the Sunday Still’s Challenge, For the Love of Reading and Books, to bring this to my attention thus inspiring this post.
Why not celebrate the memories! There was Mrs.Jones – my grade school librarian – reading to us as we gathered around her. Her whole face a smile, her eyes twinkling, she would pause after each page for effect and hold up the book for all to see the pictures. Her voice was gentle especially as she neared the end of the story, when she smiled and closed the book as if it were something sacred in her hands.
Later mom would take us to the King County Library in White Center – it was small and nondescript but who cared? Here I found Ramona’s World by Beverly Cleary and Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren – who didn’t envy her? There was Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, and the Little House books of Laura Ingalls Wilder and many others that transported me to new places and new friends that I wished I didn’t have to leave behind.
I still visit the libraries in the King Country Library System, including the one in downtown Renton where a river runs through it. Well not really through it, but at least under it, where the Cedar River flows.
Outside its front doors you can watch the salmon spawn in the fall.
Inside any time of year you can sit and read your favorite book.
What’s not to like about that?
Do you have a favorite library?