I’ve been in love with books my whole life…these short 14 years of it anyway. I was one of those kids who read in their free time instead of watching SpongeBob Square Pants or whatever happened to be on TV at the time (I still don’t understand this whole Spongebob deal. I don’t think I’ve ever even watched a whole episode. Please don’t hurt me).
I learned to read at a fairly young age, and I couldn’t get enough of it.
So in kindergarten we had “mybooks.” They were these thin paper booklets, stapled together by parent volunteers, with rhyming phrases like, “Where is my bat?” and “It’s not with the cat…Or under the mat.”
Nobody else really knew how to read yet, so I was forced to flip through the pages and color them or something.
“Just read it again honey,” the teacher would say.
“But I already read it five—”
“You can wait a bit for the others, can’t you?” Then she would stare at me with this really scary face and I would just stop. That was awful.
But as I grew up I discovered libraries. It was amazing. It was like…like…discovering something I never knew I never knew. Aaaah I hear Pocahontas singing in my head. “But ifff you walk the footsteps of a strangeeerrrr, you’ll learn things you never knew you never kneeeeww…” Ok I’ll stop. But that was another thing; I could borrow movies! So exciting!!
There were so many books that weren’t "mybooks!" Yes!
I think I read all the fairy tales on the shelf, in the beginning. I loved them so much; the beautiful illustrations, the fanciful stories…recently I was feeling nostalgic and borrowed like 50 pounds of picture book. It was great. You should do stuff like that too. It totally doesn’t make you feel really silly at all (yes it does. But it’s worth it).
I remember Junie B Jones among other early friends…Harry Potter, Dear Dumb Diary, MAGIC TREEHOUSE AHAHA…you’d think there’re only a few workable alliterative titles out there, but they just keep cranking ‘em out; “Leprechaun in Late Winter”. Good one, Mary Pope Osborne. I also read those rainbow fairies books or something; the series that seem to have a million books that each feature a different fairy…even days of the week fairies and whatnot. Those were good times, man. Those thin chapter books with 15 pt. font, triple spacing and pictures on every other page. You wish you were a children’s chapter book. I know you do.
And then, I started reading thicker books, with more complex plots than, “Oh no, the fairy lost her jewel! Oh, we found it. Cools.” That’s when I really started reading a lot. Most of those first chapter books were introduced to me by my brother, who’s two years older than me. Most of them I really liked and some of them are my favorites still.
Although it’s sad to say, something started to happen after a while. Our public library started to feel, well, small. There weren’t many books I wanted to read anymore, and the teen section was about three shelves (I wasn’t a teen yet but I liked teen books. Don’t tell anyone or the teen police will get me). So that wasn’t the best. I was still happy in our library, but I’d been to other, much larger libraries and felt amazed by them.
In 6th grade, my family decided to move, since my mom had to drive an hour every day to get to work, which was a hassle. I cried a little bit but hey that’s life. After a while, I got really excited. There was a library walking distance from our new house. And that library was…dun dun…
Bloomfield Township Public Library!!!!! AAAAAAHH!!! AHH!! AHH!
The first time I went, I think what excited me most was the chairs and other furniture. I had to sit in all the squishy cushions and squeeze all the pillows before I was satisfied.
After the initial shock of all the couches and cool furniture, I realized there were so many books! And that was so awesome! It didn’t feel small. Rather, it felt huge enough to get lost in. Which I did do at least once, I won’t lie. I loved it. Over the summer it became one of my favorite places to be. And now it still is, three years later in 8th grade.
So really, if you love reading and discovering things, BTPL will astound you. There are so many things to do and so many books to read and man there’s also movies and games and computers…and also study rooms and cool events and so much more.
And if you don’t like any of that, I guess there are always cushions.