Gateway to Other Worlds (or Why I Love the Library)

I don’t remember learning how to read. I’ve always read anything I could get my hands on.  It’s something that I’ve always been able to do. I’m sure someone taught me at some point, more than likely my older brothers. They were also showing me how to do things for myself, so they’d not have to help me anymore.

I can remember watching my brothers leave for school and wishing I could go with them. I would beg them to play Bus Driver or School with me when they were home. My oldest brother, Ed, would usually comply with my demands. He would make my other brother, Cliff, play with us. Ed would be the “teacher” and Cliff and I would be the “students.” We even lived by a car scrapyard at one time, and Ed found a bus we could sneak into. Ed of course was always the “Bus Driver,” while Cliff and I were always the “students.” I never cared, I was just glad to be pretending to go to school like my big brothers. Ed taught me my ABC’s and how to count money. Cliff taught me to spell my full name and to write sentences, which I’d have to do before he would play anything with me. They both taught me which colors were which, they got tired of telling me what the crayons were when we colored.

I started school 2 weeks before my 6 birthday, due to a law that said I had to be 5 before a certain date to attend kindergarten. My birthday was 2 weeks to late, according to laws. I was so excited to be finally starting school! The first day, I couldn’t wait for my parents to leave and kept telling them to go. After school was out, my parents asked me what my favorite part if school was and I told them that storytime was, but wished the teacher would let me read my own books. 

It wasn’t until 1st grade that I had access to a classroom library. After 35 years, I’ve forgotten the teacher’s name, but I will always remember the feeling that came over me when she showed me the book section of the room.

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When she took my hand and lead me to a corner of the room she had separated from the rest of the class with shelves. On these shelves was row upon row of books. Hundreds upon hundreds, it seemed to my small self. She told me that I could take books home to read, if I wanted to. I asked her how many I could borrow at a time. 2, but as soon as I returned them, I could get 2 more was the last thing I heard her say that morning.

I was in heaven! I immediately checked out 2. They were Fun With Dick and Jane & a Baby Bear book. I finished them in 2 days. I brought them back a few days later, and picked 2 more. It wasn’t long before I was reading 2 a day. An addiction was started.

One day, my teacher gave me a note to take home to my Mom. Mom was at work when I got home in the evenings, so I opened the note to see if I’d done something wrong. Teachers only sent notes home whenever a student was acting up, or so I thought. The note was actually just asking my mother if I was really reading the books I brought home, or if I was actually just looking at the pictures. When I gave my Mom the note, she just laughed, and wrote back that she assumed that I was, since I asked what a few words were and went back to reading in my room. Nothing was ever said again about my reading. All my teachers from then on just seemed to encourage me more.

I went to my first public library in the 4th grade. We’d moved to a new town and my sisters and me were exploring the town closest to our neighborhood. This was when it was a lot safer for kids to roam the neighborhood, of course.

We’d found the Town Square with a pizzeria and a doughnut shop, which was awesome, I’ll admit, what kid wouldn’t think it was awesome. All this was dulled for me, for soon on our little wandering search, I noticed a sign about a block off from the Square. On this sign was an open book.

My sisters weren’t interested in finding out what the sign meant, but I couldn’t get it out of my head. Soon, I wandered away from them and found myself at the building the sign was in front of.  PUBLIC LIBRARY. I was intrigued. I knew what it was, but I always had enough books to read before, either from the classroom or my own little horde of books. Now that I was getting bigger, I wanted more. I wanted bigger kids books.

I went into the library. It had shelves everywhere. There was at least a thousand books on the shelves. A couple of older women ran the library, and one of them helped me get a library card so that I could check out books. She showed me how to use a card catalogue (for you readers born to late to know, this was how we googled back then), and set me free. In wonder, I explored as much as I could. I perused books while sitting at a table, looking for just the right one that I just had to take home to read. I stayed until dinner time, and left reluctantly.

Every since then, I’ve never felt truly at home in a new location until I found the library in whatever new town I was living in. The library has taken me places I could never go. Each book is a door to another world to me.

Every time I checked out a book, I would be completely immersed in the story. I’ve gone on magic carpet rides, sailed the Seven Seas, explored the jungles and lived in manor houses. I lived the books and breathed the plots. I suffered when the main characters suffered and feasted when they celebrated. Books have made me feel fear, made me cry and made me laugh.

Too me there is nothing better than exploring library shelves. It’s like a treasure hunt and you never know what you will find. There’s knowledge, love, and adventure on every shelf. There’s books that give you a peek into the life of famous people. Books that tell you how things work. Rows and rows of books of poetry. Hundreds of books from someone’s imagination. Books for everyone.

Modern libraries of today have so much more to offer. Not only do the have books, but they have newspapers, magazines, and audio books. There’s computers, tablets and internet connection. Most have activities for children. others even offer little workshops that are fun and informative.The local library near me has even partnered with the Conservation Department in our area and they offer fishing poles and gear for kids to check out! You just don’t know what your local public library has to offer the community, until you visit it on a regular basis.

The gift of a library card is perfect for people of all ages. Libraries have so much to offer to the people who live in a community. Someone who has a library card has a passport to other worlds. By visiting the shelves of a library, they will find the access to these worlds. All one has to do is open up a book to be taken to the shores of this new world. You can stay in these worlds as long as you want. Traveling between these worlds is easy, the doorway closes when you close the book. Some worlds stay in your mind longer, and you’ll find yourself returning as often as you can. With a library card, ones imagination can travel through many possibilities.

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20 Writing Mistakes (Even Native Speakers Make) {English}

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15 Ways to automate your blog, biz, and life ⋆ Ivorymix

Life is busy and I try and automate as much as I possibly can and as soon as I realize it’s able. Read all the ways you can automate your life and blog too.

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***Gift Comber’s note: Useful information for bloggers of all walks. Thought I’d share this blogger’s writing with my readers. Hope this helps you all.****

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Free Styled Stock Photo Library How would you like access to free stylish stock photos and get more delivered to you every month? Grab your FREE stock photos!  Just tell us where to email them below. Wait, they’re free? Ivorymix and the free styled stock photos are for bloggers and entrepreneurs of all types, and yes – they’re free! The library is always fresh and there are over 100 in the exclusive library of photos at any given time. These stock photos come in packages of about 10 new photos every month and get sent right to your email inbox ready for download.  Why offer such a great service, for free? One day we realized we were taking simply too many photos for the Ivorymix blog that it seemed like such a waste not to share them if they weren’t going to get used. Eventually, the free packages expire and do get removed from the free library and moved to our Creative Market Shop.  So, be sure to download them from the free library quickly and remember you can use them personally and commercially forever as you wish (no credit is required). Plus, as a bonus, you can take advantage of the other free blogging resources in the library, and check out […]

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Ethics in Blogging?

I’m Re-blogging this, because I think it needs to be shared.
No Blogger should ever ask anyone to change their comment. The Blogger has a choice to allow comments on their blog, therefore, if it’s not what you want or you feel is SPAM-my, then don’t allow it on your blog. You don’t ask for your readers take on things, then tell them their opinion doesn’t matter and they need to change it to what you want.
Thank you, rant over.
Enjoy reading the Original Blog.



Honest Heart and Mind

I’m a part of several blogging groups.  Several of group have comment threads, but each group has its own rules for these threads.  There is one thing that all seem to share in common however.  There are no requirements on how a commenter expresses him or herself.  As long as it’s a positive comment, no foul language, no insults, etc., there are no limitations.  As a blogger, I’ve noticed comments that are left are generally on topic of the post.  They discuss some aspect of a blog, even if it just one sentence.  From what I gather from conversations, the majority of readers do not answer questions specifically asked, and that’s great! Something sparked their interest and resonated with them.

Recently, I had a blogger publicly request that I change my comment to be about the main topic of the blog.  I understand the desire for this; however, if a…

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Seven People That Need Punched In The Crotch

Really love her humor in writing. What makes it better? So much of it is true! Enjoy!!




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Seven People That Need Punched In The CrotchWhile there are hundreds of people who individually need a punch to the junk, I’ve isolated seven personalities that really, really deserve to keep ice on their crotches for a good week or more.

1. Those that call me a feminist. This makes me laugh. If I had my way, I’d let my man take care of the money while I cooked dinners, kept his children clean and happy and kept a clean house. Do you know how many bananas I throw away because I don’t have time to make banana bread? Waaaaaay too many bananas.

2. Those that misunderstand me. They think I’m a bitter, man hating asshole. I am not a man hater, I love them, I think they are cute and want to drag them off to my lair.

3. Those that tell me I’m old. Like I don’t know that already? I have a mirror, bitch, no…

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Avocado Spinach Smoothie Bowl

Is this a smoothie or a salad? You decide!

Source: Avocado Spinach Smoothie Bowl

**This looks so good!! I’m going to have to try this! Found this today while I was looking at other blogs! Hope you enjoy it!!


Shared from WordPress — 2000 year old butter

A 22-pound lump of butter from 2,000 years ago has been discovered in Ireland –

***I thought this was an interesting story.***

The American Dreamer

It’s been quoted before “Living the American Dream” but what is the “American Dream?” There is no one or correct answer to this question, it all v…

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So this post I found on the American Dreamer website, called “Living the American Dream” really got me to thinking. What is the American Dream? If you ask the people in your life, you might be surprised at the varied answers you’d get. No 2 people will have the exact same response. And that’s okay. Because that’s how the American Dream works. It means something else to each of us.

So, what is the American Dream for me? I think I’m living it. I’ve been with the same man for 22 years Continue reading “The American Dreamer”