In celebration of National Library Week, April 10-16, 2011, we've asked everyone in our community to write their stories about libraries and books. Read all the stories.
If you would like to write your own story, see the Create Your Own Story form for more information.
by diane - age 52
my love of books began before kindergarten. reading is how i spend almost all of my free time. my fondest memories growing up involve bookmobiles and libraries. i spent a lot of time in the south, in the heat all summer. the bookmobile coming to the neighborhood was nirvana for me. not only did i get to spend time in a well conditioned environment, i was spending time with my first love - books. librairies hold similar memories - well air conditioned and full, oh so full, of books. the best part - you can borrow them - for free!! being rather poor and hot and bored i couldn't ask for anything more.
books allowed me to explore people, places, situations, activities, etc. that in my young life i was as yet unaware. as i grew older and moved around the country the books just kept coming. there is nothing more wonderful than a library, no matter where in the world you go. you can escape from the world both literally and figuratively. never one for romance novels i went on adventures on the high seas, travelled dark roads and dark minds with killers, flew through time and space with bizarre creatures and historical figures. although i am partial to fiction, i have explored some history and biographies. i am fascinated with serial killers and others of such sordid lives. i enjoy fantasy, but not so much science fiction. my list of favorite authors grows. about 4 years ago i got a job where i am allowed to listen to music and/or books on tape. i never thought i'd be able to listen to books, since i can't pay attention when someone else reads to me. but what a wonderful find! some of the readers are just fantastic, and i find myself looking for stories that they have read, even if the story line isn't something i would normally read. i have discovered new authors as well doing this. for me books are the most wonderful things ever. my family has asked me several times if i'd like a kindle or similar device. my answer is a resounding NO. it's not just the reading of the story i love so much, it's the holding of the book.
April 9, 2011
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