There are fewer places that put me more at ease than the library. Walking around among all those words, all those books that have been read by many, feels like a community. But at the same time, it’s also one of the quietest places to be. A great place to clear your mind — a truly meditative experience. And also, what goes better with a cup of tea, than a book?
As a kid I used to go to the library all the time. I loved reading so much, and many times challenged myself to reading goals, before Goodreads — or smartphones — existed (yes, that probably ages me a lot). I remember the day I got my first library card. I’m not sure how old I was, but I remember my mom took me, and I was so excited. I checked out tons of books — storybooks, science books with experiment ideas, fiction — I wanted to read as much as I could.
Then for a little while, after graduating high school, I fell out of reading. I’d read occasionally but not like I had in the past. But in the past couple years, I’ve fallen in love with it all over again. I enjoy buying used books, but recently, am starting to fall for the library again.
The internet is great, and ebooks are convenient, but there’s something about holding a book and physically turning the pages that never gets old. I also love the little free library book stands popping up everywhere — it’s a really cute idea to promote reading in communities. But I do hope that the future will continue to include full-size libraries, because nothing else compares to the experience of getting your first library card, and walking through rows and rows of books that you can borrow.
Let me know in the comments what you’re reading, and also if you’d like to see me do book reviews! I’ve done a few in the past, but not as much lately.