By Tim D.
I was 6 years old when my mom took me to the La Mesa public library for the first time. I remembered being overwhelmed by the sheer number of books. I was an avid reader but my folks were on a limited budget and I just couldn’t believe I had access to all of those titles. As I got older and my mom had to take a new job, I spent most afternoons after school at the library. The librarians all knew I was essentially hanging out because I had no other place to go until my mom picked me up at 5. They never complained and indeed they started suggesting titles to read and outlining sequences of books that spoke directly to my ineterests. It was clear that they were really challenging me to read beyond my grade level and push myself reflected in my desire to learn more and engage more in school. I look back and realize that my entire desire to learn and drive to engage in learning was stimulated at that small table in the La Mesa Public Library. I often wonder if those patient and dedicated librarians ever really understood what powerful impacts they had on my life.