Monday, July 26, 2010

A Trip to the Library

About a month before moving, I was charmed by a little girl who was hopping from foot-to-foot while singing, "Happy Birthday to me!"

We were at the local library and instead of shushing the child, I considered chiming in. The reason for the kid's exuberance? It was her eighth birthday which, in that family, meant it was time to receive a library card of one's own.

"Wow," I said, "happy birthday to you! What a special day!" No, she didn't dismiss me as an addlepated weirdo. Instead, she received my congratulations with joyful gravitas. I thought about her today when I went to the Roland Park branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library for my new library card.

This is the 12th book borrowing card I've been blessed to have in the past 50 years of library membership. Blessed? Absolutely! Libraries have always felt like sacred space to me and all the high tech stuff doesn't sully that feeling one jot or tittle.


  1. You've come a long shushing of the child! (But you did consider it for a moment, please tell me that!!!)

    Libraries are magical and librarians are amazing. There is one in town (librarian that is), Tamara, who actually makes my boys (12 and 15) excited about reading! Not that's quite an accomplishment! I don't go with the boys if she's not there!

    And thanks for the new term "jot or tittle" which, of course means "tiny bit". Love you and enjoy your new pad.

  2. Marion: The kid was wearing pink sneakers that lit up and sparkled when she hopped. Otherwise, she would've gotten shushed. Maybe!

  3. This librarian thanks you for this post. ;-)


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