Visiting the “Real” Library
I had forgotten how much I love the library. It had been a very long time since I stepped foot inside a real branch of the library. Yes we use the library on a regular basis but my library “trips” are mostly virtual. I log into our county library system and search the catalog. I put the books I want I hold. When those books are ready for pick up, I send a teen or a husband to walk down to the book mobile and pick up the books.
I am blessed to have a bookmobile. I love that my daughters can walk or ride their bike to the “library”. I have very fond memories of riding my bike to the library in the summer time. The bookmobile is very convenient and for school purposes I prefer the check out policies of the bookmobile.
But the bookmobile has one major flaw. It’s a giant bus not a building. Because it must be mobile, it carries a limited supply of books. Because it is mobile, it smells of diesel fumes. Because it is a bus, there are no cozy nooks to curl up and spend time reading a pile of books
The “real” library has a larger selection of books but even this local branch does not stock *all* the books in the county library system. So why does walking through the doors send a surge of joy through my bones? Maybe it is the way it is laid out? There is a wonderful area with child size tables and chairs that just invite children to settle in and stay awhile.
This special trip to the library reminded me how much I love homeschooling. Supergirl and I hunted through the “easy reading non-fiction” and found several books about Egypt. I kind of jumped the gun with checking them out as we really won’t get to Egypt right away with our studies. But I could not resist picking up some books and a DVD to supplement our history reading.
The bookmobile comes this week. I won’t be returning any of the books we checked out at the “real” library just yet, but I love that I can return them through the bookmobile when we’re finished.