Saturday, April 17, 2010

National Library Week

“Batavia in some ways looks like a town that time has left alone.”
Mayor Jeffrey D. Schielke


Whether it’s a quiet haven for reflection or story time for kids, Batavia Public Library (my current home-town library) is a warm and inviting example of what a public library should be. Grab a cup of coffee on the way in, find a comfy club chair and settle in for an hour of reading.

Libraries have changed over the years with technology driving libraries to provide banks of computers nestled among the books. Yet, the library still has a special hold on my heart.

Growing up in Prattville, Alabama, I’d spend Saturday mornings at the library. I hung out there so much that eventually the two ancient white-haired lady librarians put me to work shelving. It’s amazing how much a curious junior high kid can find out about sex education from medical reference books.

I loved the dusty smell of old magazines like Time, Saturday Evening Post, and Life. They provided me a visual history of the first half of the 20th Century, which I think is largely responsible for my love of history. Given the liberty to poke around at will, I delved into fiction and non-fiction.

Today, we can hold a iPad or Kindle, text a message on our phones, and from our computers download all manner of information. But there’s still just no better place to hang out than the library.

3 comments:

Sarge Charlie said...

Hi Sheila, I would be intrested in your opinion of the healthcare bill and the way they bought votes to pass it.

Marion said...

I grew up many miles away from the nearest town. So there was no library where I lived, but the library would come to us in a large van-type vehicle. It always smelled the same...of books and glue and ink and dust.

We each had only ten minutes inside, then we would have to make our choice and let another child inside. I wish I had had a chance to stay inside, like you did in your library.

We never had time to check out the sex info books, even if there were any, lol!

floridagirl said...

I agree with you- even to this day when I walk into our local library, I just feel warm inside.