Did you know that February is National Library Lover’s Month? Well, I hate to use the usual cliché but every month is library month to me!
When my son was little, we’d make weekly treks to the local library near our house. Each of us could borrow up to 72 books at a time. I exercised a lot carrying two tote bags (one for my son, one for me) from the library to the vehicle and then to the house and back again to the library.
My love of reading came from my parents, who made sure my brothers and I were always surrounded by books since birth. When we couldn’t read yet, my mother would read to us every day. We would sing along with nursery rhymes on vinyl records. Anyone still have vinyl records?
Growing up, reading was a part of my daily life, like food and water. I remember my high school library, housed in a large room in a 19th century building. Some day when I revisit my hometown by the sea, I will see if the library is still there.
What about you? What are some of your memories of libraries?
Here are some library memories from several InspyRomance authors. Thank you to all for taking the time to write. I had a great time reading their notes, and I tell you, I was smiling each time, thinking about the vividness of their memories. I was inspired to find stock photos of what came to my mind. What pictures do you think of when you read these? Tell me in the comments.
“One library memory sticks out in particular. The first time I went over to my friend Gabbi’s house, it was a bit awkward and we couldn’t decide how to spend our day. We ended up riding our bikes to the local library. We bonded over what we had read in the young adult section, giggling and gushing over our mutual passion and recommending books to one another. That was about 20 years ago now. She was my maid of honor and is still one of my closest friends! Many library and bookstore trips have followed that first one.” – Tara Grace Ericson
That is a wonderful memory of growing up with books. What a fun way to enjoy the love of reading with lifelong friends! Anyone else here remember cycling to the local library with your friends? Do you still keep in touch with them after all these years?
“I moved around a lot as a kid and as an adult. As an adult the first thing I looked up was how close the nearest library was. It was a relief being able to walk there when we were a one car family.” – Toni Shiloh
Oooh, yes! I remember when we moved to a new town twenty-some years ago and I was worried I had to drive back to my old town to borrow books from the library. Thankfully, they did build a cute library that was styled after a train station, and placed it right next to a historical railroad track. It was very well done, airy and filled with outdoor light. I love that place. So sorry we had to move away two years ago.
“I didn’t live in the same town as a public library until I was a teenager. Even our rural/ northern Manitoba, Canada, schools only had book cupboards in the classrooms with no designated library room. Our family ordered library books from the university in Winnipeg via a paper form not unlike the next generation’s Scholastic book fair listings, except our books were free and had to be returned! I remember the excitement of Mom opening the cardboard box that had come in the mail and everyone retreating to read their treats. Also, I prefer to remember this as how very remote our community was, not how ancient I am!” – Valerie Comer
When I was in elementary school, we had a library cart on wheels that went from classroom to classroom during library hour. We could then borrow books from the cart. The school had a library too, but it was for older kids (who could probably sit more quietly at the table more than we little kids could LOL).
“In the summers of my childhood, the library’s Bookmobile would come one morning a week and park about six blocks away from my house. My best friend and I would ride our bikes there, our favorite activity. My favorite books were the horse stories which were positioned in the back right, the very bottom row. I’d have to lie down on my side to be eye level so I could check and see if they had any I hadn’t read!” – Laurie Larsen
I love all the photos of bookmobiles I see on social media. I think bookmobiles are a lovely idea even if the town has a library. Anyone else here remember bookmobiles in their childhood? I didn’t have one in my town, sadly. I can just imagine how many more books I would have read!
“When I was a kid, living in Billings, Montana, we didn’t have a library close by, but we had the bookmobile. It would stop right at our house. I would climb the steps and go inside where hundreds of books were shelved. The kind librarian would help me pick up books. What a treat! Then I have a funny memory (sort of). When I was in college, I worked the desk in the library to help pay my tuition. One October Sunday afternoon, I had to work. It was cold outside and inside. The furnace was on some kind of timer, and couldn’t be turned on. My lips were blue when I finished my time. I think it took me two days to warmup.” – Merrillee Whren
Wow, that sounds cold! Thanks for the library memory. I also worked in one of the libraries at college, but it was in the archives library with books dating as far back as the 18th century and older, and oh boy, some of those books had bugs on them. I love history so it was fun stepping back in time to see all those bound Congressional bills and think about old printing presses, but at the same time, I had to evade bugs, which did not freeze in the mild winter we had in Georgia.
Again, I appreciate all the InspyRomance authors above who took the time to share about the libraries in their lives. Thank you, ladies!
I do love libraries and I am truly thankful to God for them. Without libraries, I wouldn’t have been able to afford to read as much as I had my whole life. Nowadays, we are all familiar with ebook libraries that exist in tandem with brick-and-mortar libraries. My local library here allows me to check out ebooks for couple of weeks, perhaps more. And then there’s the Kindle Unlimited lending library, that seemingly endless source of ebooks to read. Many Christian romance novels are in KU, including most of mine.
Do you like to read ebook or print? Do you check them out of your local library or via KU?
Comment on your memories of libraries. Happy National Library Lover’s Month to you, and here’s wishing you many more years of happy reading!