Library: a place in which all sorts of amazing are waiting to be borrowed.
“In looking back at the etymology of the word ‘library,’ I noticed that one of the roots ‘library’ traces back to is ‘liber,’ Latin for ‘book.’ Having been a student of Latin, I recognized that ‘liber’ also means ‘free,’ as in ‘liberty’ or ‘liberation’…based on this alternative definition, I suggest that we reinscribe ‘library’ as a site for the exploration of freedom.” quoted from an unknown source found on the internetI believe that books can do just that, propel us toward freedom. When absorbed in a book you can be transported to another place and time. You can learn about other peoples, other lands. You can become an expert on a subject. A book can change your life, how you view the world. ie The Holy Bible or In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan or a biography of some influential person.
When I am lonely or fidgety or bored I love to read. I have been that way since childhood.
As a child my favorite place to go was to the library. You were allowed to check out 8 books, so I used my eight and my sister's eight every week. My goal was to read every book in the children's section of our library. I never made it but I did read a lot of great books I wouldn't have chosen otherwise.
Libraries are great sources for so many things now. I know that you could (and many do) homeschool your children strictly from material you borrow from the library. We used it extensively when we homeschooled.
Besides books, you can often find:
* DVDs* and Blu-Ray DVDs
* video games* for Gamecube, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Playstation II, Playstation III, PSP, Wii, X Box, and X Box 360 (my kids get games all the time)
* art slides
My library system has a world class geneology section, an Art Gallery, meeting rooms, TV station(not real sure how it works though) they offer classes on computers and other interesting things.
It is one of my favorite places to "run away to". My kids and I can spend hours at the main library in town.
At the library I can find books on all sorts of subjects and people:
- Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln
- CS Lewis - The Chronicles of Narnia
- Madeline L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
- Louisa May Alcott -my all time favorite author - Little Women, Little Men
- Lynxes (I think that is the plural of lynx - I could look it up AT THE LIBRARY!
- Litter - there are literally 100's of books about recycling
- Lasagna - how to cook it, how to garden the lasagna way
So if you don't already have a library card please go get one and use it liberally!
I am participating in Mrs. Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday. All the other students have lovely posts - go check out the Linky to read their assignments.