Little Library, Big Life

By Marti P. 

We were on our own in the library! That is, we had no computers, no story time, no volunteer to help us. We were just let loose to find a book of interest. I attended a parochial school in a very small town. The library was about the size of a small kitchen, but it was heaven to me! At a very young age, my favorites were biographies – George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Helen Keller. Later on we had permission to walk a few blocks to the public library. What a joy!

The exhilaration wasn’t just for the freedom of getting out of class for a time, but along came many more choices for me. Laura Ingalls Wilder and the “Little House” series captivated my attention for a long time. Later still, I remember being so proud of myself for reading what I considered a huge book – “Kon-Tiki” by Thor Hyerdahl. I wonder if it wasn’t a little advanced for me at the time, but I loved it. I believe that opening a book – the tactile turning of pages and that “certain smell,” so associated with reading and learning – helped me achieve my goals in high school and college. What could be a better study inducer than sensory pleasure? Fast forward…and now I work for a textbook publisher/digital solutions provider…how surprising is that? Thanks, little library in the school, for starting me down this wonderful path.

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