If you’re like me, odds are you probably haven’t stepped foot in a public library in quite a long time. I couldn’t tell you where my library card was to save my life, and it’s very likely I have fines accumulating faster than I would be able to pay them off. One weekend though I needed something fun to do with the boys that was indoors. My littlest is still too young to really deal with the blazing Florida heat, so I figured the public library would be a great way to spend some time and introduce them to a world of learning.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t read books, but mine tend to be in digital format lately. That fact that my oldest loves actual books is still a bit mind-boggling to me, as he rarely sees us with them. I use an older model Nook from Barnes & Noble because it gives me the tactile feel similar too an old school paperback with the option to download my media on the fly. So where did he get this fascination with actual books? He has quite a few that have been passed down through the family, but rarely do we actually go out and buy kiddie books for him.
Here in Volusia County we are blessed with a very diverse library system. I’m not sure how it works in other places, so my amazement may actually be with something that is standard around the county but I’m not too sure. Our libraries come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In my home town I would say we have a medium-sized facility. It’s complete with a few meeting rooms, a children’s area, teen area, and a few computers. To the North of us, is a much larger facility with floor space that rivals many Barns & Noble locations! On the other end of the spectrum, we also have one not too far away that is the size of my dining room. (Hint: our dining room is tiny!) Continue reading