Whether you usually read off of your own book pile or from the library shelves NOW, chances are you started off with trips to the library. What is your earliest memory of a library? Who took you? Do you have you any funny/odd memories of the library?
This is pretty ironic because in the past couple weeks, I’ve tried to reserve books at the library online and been told that my barcode is invalid. I haven’t been to the library and taken books out in about 2 years (I’ve got for research but not borrowed). So I called up the library and it turns out that they had “youth cards” implimented… so the 14 – 19 year olds had different rules. Now that I’m over 19, my card has to be swapped for an “adult” card even though I got this card when I was 14 and deemed an “adult” at the library. Stupid late fees.
Mmm but Library Memories… I have a lot. In Elementary School I was such a geek — I was a School Library Monitor! Ahhaha But I really loved it. I could do whatever I wanted there — check out books myself, organize the shelves, keep the carts tidy. It was really fun.
When I was about 11/12 I would bike up to the mall near my house and go to the Public Library there. One summer, I spent so many days there just taking out books. I loved that I didn’t have a limit on the number or late fees. Also, they had Summer Reading Bingo. I wasn’t part of a reading club, but I played the Bingo in one day. You had to read all different types of books by all different types of authors. So like “non-fiction by a Canadian author”. When I finished my card, I took it to the Librarian and got to pick a prize off the prize cart. She said I was the first person to finish. I picked Hook on VHS (with Dustin Hoffman & Robin Williams) and I still have it! I love that movie.