Growing up with the library habit

  My mother instilled a valuable habit into me when I was probably no more than three years old. We lived within walking distance of this library and visited once a week. The building also houses an auditorium, a swimming pool, and a gymnasium. I never set foot in the gym or pool and only entered the auditorium once when I was a senior in high school. The building at that time was black with a century of steel mill dust. It has since been sand blasted to reveal its true outer beauty. But nothing could have made the inside more beautiful to me. At age ten or so, in the children’s department, I discovered Little Women and read all of the other books by Louisa May Alcott. One of my happiest days was when I was finally old enough to venture into the “adult” section to check out books shelved there. The first one I checked out was Gone With the Wind. I still use my library card about once a week, sometimes more.

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