When I was eight years old I was one of the best readers in the class. I know this because I was allowed to show off my skills in a window at the Montgomery Ward. I remember there was myself and two or three other students and we sat in chairs in the window and read, aloud. People stopped and watched us and smiled. They couldn’t hear us so I really don’t know what the point of that excursion was but it bolstered my self-esteem tremendously and instilled a lifelong love of reading.
Growing up in PG County Maryland we had the bookmobile. It came twice a week to our area and I always went both times.
Later as a young mother I would make my way by bus to the library across town. When I moved here I was closer to the library in the next county than in my own so I paid the $10.00 a year to visit that one.
I don’t visit the library much any more. The internet has such a wide variety of reading opportunities available it hardly seems necessary. But sitting here reminiscing I am thinking it is time for a visit. Clearly I have been missing something.
National Library Week ends today but you can learn more about it by clicking here.