This is a lovely guest post from Library Foundation member, Bill Horrell. One of the goals of Books in Bloom is to remind people of the simple pleasures and power in finding books, which this story of a young patron new to the library beautifully illustrates.
I was working my volunteer shift at the Kingston Community Library today,
circulation desk mostly, but also, as usual, a little reference work, when a
small voice asked: “Excuse me sir, do you have any books on kings and
queens?” This polite little researcher (whose mother, a recent Kingstonian,
was busy filling out a job application on the library computer because they
do not have one at home) was about eight years old, and like her mom, a new
patron. I showed her a few books, showed her where to find more, then went
back to the circulation desk, watching from time to time as her eyes widened
and brightened a little with each turn of a page. It wasn’t long before she
had a small fortress of books surrounding her: a queen in the precious realm
of her imagination with books as her subjects now at her command.