L is for Library


*My library growing up; It already had magic n' allure when you saw it, but we know where the real magic is.

I struggled with L; I thought of legacy, longing, longevity, etc.  Then it hit me, my favorite haunt when I was younger(and I still love to go) is the library. This was my library for 23 yrs, before I moved away. I think back now, how Saturday mornings I would walk up town, get the mail for my Mom and visit the library. I usually needed to find some book for a project, do some research. I spent many hours among the dark, cherry wood shelves. The left side of the building was my favorite, till I became older and then frequented the right. The right side had 2 massive, gorgeous tables and arched book shelves, there was always a working fireplace. I remember the first time I went in; it had this magical pull. I wanted to move in; it wasn't an option, but I vowed I was going to read every book in there. No, it didn't happen, but I did do every summer book reading adventure. Yes, I was a bookworm.

I think back now on people saying to me, I don't get it. Why do you like this place so much?  What is not to like, books filled with ideas and stories that can take you away. You can travel, without leaving the comfort of your home, you can solve murders, be inspired, be scared, and fall in love with the written word. I remember I use to have a journal with quotes and sentences; words that spoke to me.  I lost it; I hope whoever found it enjoyed it. I also had a few poems in there.

When I came home on and off, I would take my son there and later my daughter. They had expanded; the downstairs was now open. It always existed, more magic, to share books with him. He was five and had just started school. We were home, long enough for him to almost finish two yrs, before we had to move again.  Downstairs had long tables, play areas and interesting displays. He loooved to go with me. They also had an elevator, from the top of the library to the bottom. I volunteered there, when I could. Holidays they would have a reading hour, crafts after school, again I found a way to be part of this world.  Once I walk in the building; I am transformed to being a child again and finding my way through a sea of inspiration. Words are a world of their own, the language, the love, the longing for connecting to so many through the written word.  I fell in love, when I was 9 years young.

Comments

mooderino said…
Wow, that's an impressive library.
regards
mood
Moody Writing
Ella said…
Hi Mooderino-love your name by the way! Yes, it is unique!
Donna Weaver said…
Lovely post! And lovely library. I love my library as well. When I retire I want to volunteer at my library.
Rosalind Adam said…
I can remember my childhood library too. It had (and still has) a great glass dome in the middle and it gave me a thrill just walking into it.
Ella said…
Rosalind-Wow a glass dome; how transforming! It gave you the feeling of walking in another world,which you were! Thanks for visiting me; nice to meet you~

Donna-Sounds wonderful! Nice to meet you~ I live in the south, now and they built a huge new one, which I frequent. Libraries are magical~
Just the word "library" brings up sweet memories. Too bad the next generation won't likely be saying that. Thanks for the visit. It's nice to meet you.
Cheers,
Robyn
Lovely post! New to your blog; happy I found you!

Mary
Delightful Bitefuls
Marjorie said…
I remember visiting libraries when I was a kid. Those are the memories that stay with you.
RaShelle said…
I love libraries. So do my kids. We go often, especially in the summer.
Sherry Blue Sky said…
Sigh.......such good memories.......(I love your header by the way).......I have been carrying home an armload of library books every week since I was five, almost sixty years of great reading. I am never without a book on the go and a huge stack waiting to be delved into. I love turning kids on to the library. The little ones I looked after loved going, and even the difficult special needs teen enjoyed it. We have a very modest little library in this town, but they are great at bringing in whatever I ask for. They say I keep their "stats" numbers great all by myself!
The library is my spot too. Actually, I use it as a stress management technique. When I'm really overwhelmed or stressed I imagine myself alone in the library with a good book, inhaling dusty pages and silence.
Great post. I love libraries but unfortunately the British government is shutting lots of them over here :(
I also love libraries, as a child was always at the library, enjoyed the post very much.

Yvonne.
Amanda Trought said…
Hey there, I too love books, and your right there are so many adventures you can go on as you dive into the pages. Lovely post, brought back memories:) As with Jack though, we're fighting to keep our local library open here in the UK
DEZMOND said…
sounds like a magical little place :)
The library in my city is situated in some centuries old city palace and the people who worked there aren't any younger than the building itself :)
Niki said…
I love libraries. Your library sounds beautiful.
Spenc said…
What a beautiful tribute to libraries. I love my library, I don't visit as often as I'd like but it's still a special place.
Michelle Mach said…
What a beautiful library! It looks like the kind of place that might exist on the edge of an enchanted forest. (I wrote my "L" post on librarians.)
Wanda said…
library--the perfect l-word for a book lover ;) Can't believe I didn't think of that one.
Jingle said…
I love libraries.
awesome take on L.

you do have rich library background shown in your talent/posts.
Murugi Njehia said…
Lovely post!!Thank you for sharing and for stopping by my blog.
Hi Ella .. beautiful building .. full of goodies to feed the imagination .. and I love that you brought your children there too .. I'm pleased that they're able to expand and provide more for the community .. great place to lose yourself in as a kid .. cheers Hilary
I have not posted L... but it's about leadership.. but I should have thought of library.. I have spend a lot of time alone and with my son ... in libraries... I like the buildings look...
Pixie said…
I have always loved the library. I used to spend hours there. Now that I work, it's much harder to get there in the evenings with enough time to browse before they close.
baygirl32 said…
I always loved the library. To me its a place to get lost, and found all in one trip!