As a child I loved libraries
I loved the smell that rushed me as I pulled open the double doors at the top of the entrance stairway.
I loved the hushed quiet with only muted whispers between book lovers.
I loved the colours. Always seasonally decorated, I could enjoy oranges in autumn and pinks in spring. The book spines were a feast for the eyes with varied print sizes and multiple colours.
I loved being treated with respect. When I produced my Library Card, the librarian would smile with her eyes, acknowledging me as “one of ours”. I was only limited by the number of books my bicycle basket could carry. I did not need to justify my choices — they were all good.
Everyone knew they were good, just because they were in the library.
I loved the cozy chairs I could crawl up into and get lost in comfort.
I loved the round tables, perfect height for me, with chairs to share my discoveries with another “one-of-ours.”
I felt comfortable — I felt at home
I still do. I love the library. I feel especially called to the children’s section.
I still love the inviting places to sit. I still love the fun colours. I still love the joy of discovery, of learning.
I want to be part of this world still.
I want to “Peter Pan” my library past.
Today’s librarians may frown at a full-grown adult sprawled on her belly in the middle of the reading carpet, giggling at a picture book.
But if I were the one who wrote that book, that would be another story right?
And if I read that book to a group of children on that very same carpet, and we all sprawled together, and we all giggled together, that would then be okay, right?
I want to stretch out on the floor and laugh as I read.
I want to share this joy with children.
I want to create magical memories for them, just as my memories are kept alive with each visit to the library.
Can you relate?
Kimberley Payne’s writing relates raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire women to live healthier lives that glorify God.