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A Library Legacy December 24, 2010

Filed under: Milestones — dayna @ 9:07 pm

A card of her own

My three-year old got her own library card today (12/22/10).  For someone with such a freakishly book-loving family, this is a big day.  The outing had been on our to-do list for a while, but today we went with our sights set on a DVD of the Nutcracker ballet.  Predictably, they were all checked out or reserved, but I still count the trip a success.  My daughter came away with her feet firmly on the path to literary adventure and her mother came away relieved of the heavy burden of a book hoarding penchant.  “Oh, what’s that you say? I don’t have to own every book I want to read? You’ll keep them for me? Nice!”  Not sure when I forgot that little tidbit, but it is just in time as our little house is currently being swallowed by bookshelves… 

Don’t get me wrong, we have been to our library since she was born, but mostly for storytimes as a little one.  I was criticizing myself aloud for not doing this sooner, when my husband brought up that this is actually the perfect time. Until they are out of the “chewing-on and tearing-up” phase (a.k.a. my one year old), it seems just plain icky to me. Besides, the big girl now has this well-developed hunger for new books and she knows how to care for them. It feels like a rite of passage.  Sweet.

So we walk in and as the earthy bookish smell waves over me, I am overcome by childhood memories of hour upon hour spent in public libraries as a young girl. I was especially blessed to have a few really good libraries close by and an amazing friend that was always up for sharing quiet company.  My current little book buddy’s hand in mine, we march up to the counter and announce with grins that we are here to get library cards.  The librarian obliges with her own obvious delight and, after coming up empty handed on the ballet front, we head to the children’s section.

I nudge her towards the seasonal display. She picks out a couple of holiday selections and then insists on “Shannon & The Tallest Leprechaun.” “Ok” I sigh, not wanting to spoil the magic of our first borrow. We do the express self-checkout, (cake!) and head out the door. When her Daddy pulls up, she skips to the van, card in hand, proudly singing out the momentous news.

It was a lovely trip and sure to become a regular haunt. I am so thankful for the change in perspective and sweet reminder of days long gone.

 Oh- and good old “Shannon’s Leprechaun” turned out to be the best book of the bunch. The kid has literary instincts, right? Yup, I think this is going to work out just fine… 

Who knew there was another "Good Dog, Carl"?

How do you use your public library? What age do you think is best to get one’s own library card? Are you a “booksniffer?” 🙂

8 Responses to “A Library Legacy”

  1. Yea for library books! My 3yo loves the library. She uses my card as if it were her own.
    My 2 yo… not ready yet! ha! He likes to “empty the shelves,” and is kinda a nightmare. Which means I have to PLAN ahead enough to have my parents or someone babysit when I take Lilly. That said, he loves reading and I look forward to afternoons where all three of us can spend together in the library!
    Glad you are public blogging now! Welcome!

    • dohadden Says:

      The other day we went back to pick up our reserves and grab a couple others and meanwhile the 1 yo totally played “empty the shelves.” My husband says it is like digging in quicksand sometimes 🙂

  2. stephanie Says:

    I think my daughter got her library card at age 3 too. 🙂

    When the librarian asked which card she wanted, however, she selected the green “adult” one instead of the kid one. Silly girl.

  3. We love the library. Ours is within walking distance, and when the weather is nice (darn this Midwest snow), we take the stroller there multiple times a week. My kids don’t have their own card, but there’s no checkout limit on books, so sharing my card works fine. However, the limit of 4 videos per card keeps the family enthusiasm for Little Einsteins in check.

    • dohadden Says:

      Thanks for coming over Joanna! How nice to be able to walk to the library (sometimes). That’s how I grew up too- divine:) I guess there are worse addictions than those adorable smarty pants Little Einsteins. We like them too 🙂

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