Let's take a trip down memory lane, shall we?
Some of my very earliest memories are of going to the local library with my mom. My first local library was the Bill Memorial Library in Groton, CT. Up until we moved at age 10, "the Bill" was an easy 5 minute walk from our house. How great is that?
|Bill Memorial Library, Groton, CT|
We moved across town when I was in 5th grade, and even though we made the drive back to the Bill often, the move put me closer to the Groton Public Library, which is bigger and has quite a few more resources for visitors. Not as cozy as the Bill, but a great place for studying...I remember spending way too many hours here doing AP English homework and researching colleges in my junior/senior years.
|Groton Public Library, Groton, CT|
|Homer Babbidge Library, University of Connecticut|
Then we moved to our first house a few years later, and our new library was about 15 minutes north, the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library. When we moved to Clifton Park, I realized something wonderful: the Sanford Library is part of the Upper Hudson Library System, which encompasses over 30 libraries around Albany. And the Clifton Park library is part of a different system that covers 8 counties north and west of Albany. For two years, my library cards at both places were active. DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MANY BOOKS I HAD AT MY FINGERTIPS? The power was great. I could interlibrary loan literally anything you could think of. It was amazing. **geek moment**
|Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, Clifton Park, NY|
Then, of course, we made our big move to western New York in 2013. First, we had a brief 6-week stint in Batavia, NY as we waited for our house to come available. Even though we were only there a short time, our rental was just a couple blocks from the Richmond Memorial Library. Small Fry and pregnant-me took many, many summer walks there in the few weeks that we lived in the area. Richmond library reminds me an awful lot of "the Bill", with it's older exterior, though it has gotten a facelift in recent years. This library is smaller in size, but offers a surprisingly large number of programs given the size of the surrounding community (Batavia is fairly rural). I didn't love living in Batavia, but I will say that the Richmond library provided some of the best memories we have there!
|Richmond Memorial Library, Batavia, NY|
|Chili Public Library, Rochester, NY|
Quite the litany of library experiences I've had in three decades! I look forward to many more years of literary memories, and new libraries to explore.
(And if you haven't gotten the subtext of this post yet--VISIT YOUR LIBRARY!! So much to see and do...not just books, but often craft programs, book sales, free museum passes, book clubs, etc. Most of it free, too. BONUS.)
Tell me about your favorite library memories, reader friends!