Whether you usually read off of your own book pile or from the library shelves NOW, chances are you started off with trips to the library. (There’s no way my parents could otherwise have kept up with my book habit when I was 10.) So … What is your earliest memory of a library? Who took you? Do you have you any funny/odd memories of the library?
Hmmm…yes, certainly started off with the library. The first library I remember was my school library. The librarian was a nice, pretty lady who used to apply lots of make-up with her hair loosely tied behind. Funny how I still remember that.
In my free time I always wanted to go there. It was nice, small, cozy one. But I never did. All my friends always wanted to play or talk or do anything other than reading. Once I went to the library to help this new girl find the last terms question papers. I guess that was the first time I ever stepped into it. I came back later obviously. I remember the first book I picked was one of the Nancy Drew’s. And I loved it. That’s all I did in my school library I think. Read Nancy Drew’s. Or flip though the Guinness world records book.
When I went to college I visited the college library for educational books. Biology, physics, chemistry and stuff. Never literature. My mom used to borrow Marathi books sometimes from a library close to home. That’s when I read a little of Marathi literature. But I was a little slow at reading Marathi. So never really got into it. But I do remember reading quite a few books there. Mostly thrillers.
Now, where I live, I often go a library right behind my house. It’s not that great. I mean all you ever find there is Sidney Sheldon, Nora Roberts, Jeffery Archer. Basically popular authors. And yes, a whole wall of Mills and boon books. I realized I wasn’t satisfied with their collection. That’s when I started buying books. It really broadened my horizon whereas books were concerned. But I still go back occasionally whenever I feel like reading a 2-hour mills and boon book or a nice romantic novel by Nora Roberts.
So yes, my earliest memories are that of my school library. I just wish my school realized the importance of reading and did more to promote it. It could be the turning point in a Childs life.