When most people hear the word library, they think of a building with rows and rows of shelves containing books. But a library can hold more than just books.
A library is just a collection. A collection of anything that is similar or has something in common. A library contains information.
A library can be public or private.
A library can be large or small.
How do I feel when I hear the word library. I think of books. Lots and lots of books. When I was going to school, I was awe struck by all the books. I did not own any books. Now I own a lot of books. Books held stories, and they could be fiction or non-fiction. I never cared what they held. I just wanted to read every book in my school library. During 6th grade, at my elementary school of that time, I almost accomplished this. Now as an adult I realize how small that school library actually was. But as an 11 year old, it seemed enormous to me. I loved reading and so I loved the library.
My daughters will tell you that I have a library in my house. I guess in many ways that you could say that I have a very small library. And yes I have to say I own more than a few hundred books. I have run out of room to store them and so have been giving them away, not as fast as I buy them. So I have slowed down in the last few years because of this.
I do not buy all my books. People that I know give me a lot of books. It seems that they know how much I read. I have given many books to other people too. My local thrift store has gotten boxes and boxes of books from me over the years. I love the used book store and can easily walk out with another box of books. But I have had to stop that practice.
The funny thing is, my largest collection of books, consists of cookbooks. I rarely cook anymore. With just two people to cook for, and with my husband coming home late from work, I am cooking less and less. Do I get rid of my cookbooks? Well, no. I think, someday I will cook again. Maybe I need a peanut butter and jelly cookbook. When I do cook we have leftovers to eat for a few days. But I have discovered that Costco sells a lot of food already prepared. I just have to heat it up in the microwave. Yes, maybe someday.
So back to library, I have discovered that my computer is probably the biggest library of all. It contains a collection of libraries. So for the last year I have been reading things on the computer. It stores everything for me. I only have to open it up and there it is.
But after researching the word library, I have discovered that I have a DVD library, a CD library, a kitchen gadget library, a clothes library, and other things I have qualify as a library.
I just love the word library.
A library is a place for me.
A library has books you see.
A library gives me lots of help.
A library teaches me about myself.
A library lets me look and look.
A library wants back the book I took.
A library has little sound.
A library is a place to look around.
A library is full of wonder.
A library is a place to ponder.
A library has many things.
A library makes my heart sing.