When I was a kid, I lived literally a hop, skip and jump away from our small town public library. On the occasional summer afternoon, my sister and I would walk through our back yard, through the yard of our neighbor friend, and there we were -- ready to browse the children's section. After confessing to the very elderly librarian that we had, once again, forgotten our library cards, we made our selections and were sent home with stern warnings and the books of our choice.
It had been at least 15 years since I checked out books from that little library, until just recently when I rediscovered its charm. On a whim a few weeks ago, I pulled my double stroller into the parking lot and led my girls inside. Since we again live just a couple blocks from it, I hoped it would be kid/baby friendly and become a place we could frequent.
It was everything I had hoped, all these years later. This quaint little library was more than inviting. There was a nice children's section with a play rug, surrounded by kid chairs (a good, trapped-in area for Selah to crawl), along with shelves of children's books, friendly new librarians and a toddler computer for Eden's age.
My girls loved it. Eden has always loved books, and this gave her a whole new selection, right at her fingertips. She thought having a computer that she could actually control made her super grown up, and Selah just loved having a new space to crawl in and explore.
Eden even got her OWN library card with -- get this -- no limit to the number of books she can check out! However, I tend to limit her to the number she can carry with her own two hands.
So we have found our new afternoon outing spot for days we have nothing to do. Now that the weather is getting nice, it's especially perfect. I pile the girls in the stroller, push them down two blocks and over one, and there they are -- ready to browse the children's section and select their books of choice. Lucky for them, though, Mom always remembers their library card.
*** I'm thinking about starting a new monthly series, with posts about different aspects of "Small Town Life," of which this would be the first. What do you think? Sound like an idea?
**** And speaking of... have you read my Family Chatter column in this month's edition of Little Rock Family Magazine about us moving back to a small town? Check it out here.