This is the stuff of dreams for our family of bookworms. Every time we see a stunning library in the beautiful National Trust properties we have a snoot around, there’s lots of ooooo’s and aaaahhhh’s ‘we’d love a room full of books like this!’. It may be a bit of wishful thinking, but we still get that magical feeling going to our local library.
As a child, I absolutely loved visiting the library. A whole building full to the brim with books, the thwump of the date stamp and bleep of the scanner, back in the day when there were lots of warnings of ‘sshhhhh! Whisper!’ The only challenge was choosing which books to take home.
I loved this feature on Woman’s Hour this week, hosted by the author and illustrator Shirley Hughes, all about libraries and how different people use them. It made me realise the huge impact they have in communities and the diverse uses and services they offer. I recalled all of the times I have used them to entertain the children with story and music time, reading challenges in the school holidays, meeting some creepy crawlies, craft sessions, audio books for long car journeys and, of course, the bog standard selection of books to take home.
I still get a wonderful feeling walking into a building full of books, offering an escape to another world … how about you?