As an avid reader I am embarrassed to admit this: I have not had a library card since I was a little kid. Ok, I haven’t had a library card for my local library. I have a grad school library card (for e-access) and I have a library card for the community college library at school. However, I have not had a regular old town/county library card in many, many years.
This weekend I decided to change that. The town I grew up in has its own library system, independent of the county system, so when I moved here I never made it to the library. My to-be-read pile, both physical and virtual, is huge an ever-growing so I didn’t need the card. However, I’ve started to listening to audiobooks on my commute, in place of the news, and I burned through all of last summer’s free offerings. I also used up my Audible credits. When I realized I was running out of books to listen to I decided it was time to get a library card so that I could borrow books through Overdrive.
Saturday morning I headed over the library. (The main branch is in the next town over). I walked in and headed to the circulation desk. Imagine my surprise when a former student was behind the desk! She’s 22 now (eek!) and I had her when I taught 6th grade. I was definitely mortified, as she probably wondered why her voracious reader English teacher did not already have a library card, but we had a great conversation. I love seeing former students who have grown into wonderful adults….even when it makes me feel old.
I walked out of the library a few minutes later with my new library card. I’ve already borrowed my first audiobook (American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers) and I’ve jumped on the holds list for a few others. I’m thrilled to be a card-carrying member of the library again!
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