For those of you who read my post For The Love Of Books, you will know I didn’t find reading easy when I was growing up.
Add to that the social awkwardness of extreme anxiety and I was very much a kid who spent her time hidden away alone.
However even with my struggle to read, I loved stories, so when my Grandmother took me to the small library that was hidden away down a quiet road I found my new happy place.
It was small and cozy with easy to find volumes and strange foam shapes that kids could play on or sit on. At first I only visited the library with my grandmother and brother. We would take a walk and end up there. I’d pick a book or two and then we would wander home again.
As I got older and into my early teens I started to feel more comfortable reading so would take a walk at the weekends and visit the library. The maximum number of books you could borrow was 10, so I’d take a canvas bag and fill up on books.
It was always quiet, barely a handful of people in at a time. Even the children who visited were quiet, playing in the designated area and reading through early-learning books.
I would trawl through the stacks looking for something new. I became hooked on crime novels and read all the Ed McBain books. Then I found seek out new authors I’d never heard of.
A new stack would appear and I’d get to see what new genre they were now offering. That’s how I came across James Herbert’s horror books. Each time I found a new author I was shown another genre, another voice to take me into a new world.
This small nook hidden in a small town brought books to life for me. When there was stress and arguments at home I would just find a corner in the library, sit on the floor with my books and read them.
Without the library I do not think I would have pushed through my reading issues. It gave me a safe space where I didn’t feel ashamed of my reading. The two older ladies who ran the library were really friendly, they even pointed out new books and recommendations when they saw what I liked.
It became my home away from home (after my Grandmother’s house) 🙂 and I do not think I’d be where I am now without it.
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