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Monday, April 13, 2009

National Library Week 2009

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It's National Library Week 2009.

I hadn't been to a library for a while, but one day last week was so beautiful I took a walk to the library at lunch time. I remembered how much I loved libraries! They're very different now of course (no card catalogs!), but I still got that familiar "at home" feeling.

When I was growing up my father would take me to the library often. I got a library card when I was like 6 years old and I would dutifully pick out a bunch of books to take home, but that was after a couple of hours of hanging out at the library. Papi would go read whatever he was interested in and I would stay in the Children's room amidst toys and books. Sometimes there was an activity going on. Otherwise I would first walk around looking on all the shelves and pick out the books I was going to take home. Then, I'd take a bunch of books, often from the reference section - yes I was a nerd - and sit in the miniature tables and chairs and devour whatever I was fascinated by that day.

As I got older and had to do term papers and reports, Papi would dutifully take me to the library - not that it was ever a chore for him - and I would look stuff up in the card catalog, photocopy things and review stuff on the microfiche machine and gather information for the bibliography on index cards. "Card Catalog", "Photocopy" and "Microfiche" words that are practically foreign to kids today.

I think I'm going to make a point of going to the library more often - just being in there relaxes me. Celebrate National Library Week by visiting your local library if you haven't done so in a while - it's chock full of magic...

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Blogger maria said...

Dear Hilda,

I identified with everything you said on this post. My dad would also take my sisters and me to the library every Saturday morning. I grew to love books and became a high school librarian. Thank God for libraries!

Maria Eugenia

11:07 AM  
Blogger IslandPearl said...

Dad taught at least one night class a semester, and sometimes he'd take me to work with him and I'd hang in the college library. Usually if I was researching something for school, but sometimes just for fun.

My favorite section was the periodical archives -- bound copies of real magazines dating back before I was born. (Not even microfische in those days). I guess I've been a pop-culture maven all my life.

Daddys and libraries. Nice matchup.

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