“A library should be like a pair of open arms.” ― Roger Rosenblatt
“So why on earth would you take an eight-month-old baby to a library?” my mother asked me, when I told her how Matt and I had spent the previous day with Grady. As a retired librarian who specialized in youth services, I just smiled and offered her the photographic evidence, some of which appears in the collage above. My mother understood immediately.
This was Grady’s first-ever trip into the open arms of the public library. I hope there will be many, many more in the weeks and months and years to come. Knowing how much both his parents love reading, I have a sneaky suspicion my hope will almost certainly be fulfilled.
Next time your mind needs a hug, head for your local library — but be warned: you might find it’s hard to leave!
One year ago today: