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What the Library Means to Me, by Rebekah Frumkin

Related imageThere is nothing so rewarding as being able to walk into a library and know that all the books you could possibly want are there. I remember being a kid and reading the Goosebumps series and coming upon a topic I didn’t understand. I confidently marched myself up to the reference librarian and asked if they had any books on the topic in question — I think it was aerospace engineering — and watched in delight as she searched for “aerospace engineering” on her old PC. Sure enough, the library stocked fifteen books on the topic: she recommended one with pictures for me. I found it with her help, read it, and noticed that one of the astronauts posed with his golden retriever in a picture. Before I knew it, I needed to read a book about dogs — I went back to the reference librarian’s desk. I could spend a whole afternoon this way, if not a whole day.

Twenty years later, I walk into the library and know most of the authors in the fiction section. The reference librarian has retired and given her role to a fresh-faced twenty-something. The Goosebumps books are still there, as are the picture books about astronauts and dogs. Like me, my library grew up, but it remains a place where curiosity rules the day. Nothing makes me feel quite so young — nor quite so inquisitive — as a trip to the library.
Rebekah is the author of The Comedown. You can meet her at the Lake-Geauga League of Libraries Off-The-Page author series at the Willowick Library, Wed., May 9, 6:30 p.m. Register here.
The Comedown is available in the following formats:
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 Rebekah is currently reading The Glass Eye by Jeannie Vanasco.
Available in the following formats:
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