Can you believe I haven't used a library for over 7 years? Not since my research days at BYU? (If you can call it research, because looking through periodicals on fetal development for a few hours doesn't really qualify as "research".)
Oh, sure, I had a library card for years. I took the kids to "Toddler Time" and "Story Time" quite frequently. I think I might have checked out a child's picture book once...maybe. I'm sure this will come as a surprise to a lot of people because I'm usually a voracious reader. I love to read. I love everything there is to love about books and I've been in book clubs for years. In fact, hubby is a total Book Geek, too. We both love the written word (which makes sense as to why we love the Internet as well). But my lousy, not-so-secret secret?
I buy books.
I buy them online, or at the store, or from garage sales (rare). I love books and they love me. But I've never really used the library. Weird, eh? One would think that I would prefer to borrow books, rather than buy, just because it makes sense. Financially, I mean. You would think that, wouldn't you, dear reader? Me, too. Me, too.
Yesterday, it all changed. As part of my new-found schedule/routine, Tuesdays have two main activities: Piano Lessons (right now I'm teaching 4 students in the morning) and The Library.
True to the schedule (and my promise), I took the kids to the library. #1, #2, and I got library cards (I was still in the system! I tried not to feel guilty about the .40 I still owed, though. Oops!). We signed the kids up for the Reading Program, and then we browsed for books. We got several picture books and a board book for the younger kids, and we found The Magic Treehouse series for #1. My mom --a second grade teacher for over 30 years --had highly recommended this series. We chose one book (she wanted #35, interestingly enough!), and I figured it would take her a few days to read it.
She finished it in two hours.
Can I just say how excited I am? How proud? How thrilled that not only did #1 love her chapter book, but that she was excited about it? She didn't want to play outside, or watch TV --she wanted to read.
*sniff...she's just like her parents! Except for maybe that TV part...
I think we'll go back to the library today. #1 needs some more books, and I'm thinking I need to pick up a few for me, as well. How did I not know how wonderful this library thing could be?? I feel slightly embarrassed...
Do you like the library? Do you use it often? Do you have a good library nearby?