By Joanne K.
I was 12 years old when my father was hospitalized from June through August, and the library in the city of the hospitalization was within a few blocks of the hospital. My rural community did not have a public library. My mother arranged for me to get a library card as a visitor to this city library, and I was able to go there on my own to get books to read during the long hours my family spent at the hospital. That early exposure to a library made all the difference in my life and I ended up becoming a librarian.