If you know me, you know I love to read. I've been reading everything I can get my hands on since the first grade! I have so many books that I have run out of room to store them. With on-line book buying made so easy, and a great "bring and take" area in my gym, I haven't had to go to the library in quite some time.
Last week my best friend asked me if I felt like taking a ride to one of the nicest libraries in the area, The Chester County Library in Exton. When we arrived I felt that old excitement; all these books and I could read whatever I wanted. I took 3 books home and started right in. I quickly discovered that one of the books was one I had already read so I moved on to the next one! This is the beauty of the library. I don't need to rely on my spaghetti strainer of a brain and if I accidentally take home a book I've read, no big deal! I can take it right back and start over. I also have the luxury of not finishing a book if I don't like it. I can count on one hand how many times I didn't finish a book, but for me, a good life is having choices. When you shell out $20 for a book, you'll finish it whether it's good or not. With the free library, you can choose!
Today was a nice lazy day for me. I had set it aside with no appointments because my son Max was in a soccer tournament and if he kept winning; I wanted to be at all of the games. Sadly, for his team, they lost yesterday so here I am today, with time on my hands. There's great stuff happening in the area like Super Sunday in West Chester and an Italian Food Festival at Rose Tree Park, but I am in the mood to get lost in a book, so I headed over to the library.
My eyes, as usual, were bigger than my arms and I came home with 7 books. I can't adequately describe the feeling and if you are a reader, maybe I don't have to. To know that I can take as many books as I want and keep them for 3 weeks is like a small miracle to me. I feel like a little kid in a candy store at the library and I always have. There are some things that are so special they never get old. The library is one of them. I use my son Michael's library card because I have no idea where my card is. Mike's card is from when he was a small boy and is a little the worse for wear. The librarian offered to replace it. He printed his name on the back of it in his little boy printing and for me, it's irreplaceable. Like the world of books.
There are many branches of the Chester County Library. Click here to find one near you.
I hope you enjoyed your Sunday as much as I did.
Susan C. Mangigian
1595 Paoli Pike, Suite 101,West Chester, PA 19380
610-719-1700 main office, 610-299-6237 cell
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