The neighborhood had thriving schools, businesses and a movie theater. My parents owned a small grocery store a block away. The library was special place where the kids in the neighborhood could escape to air-conditioned comfort during summer vacation, listen to stories, and play games in the children’s reading section. Our summertime favorite was a summer reading contest, with a giant paper mountain where our individual progress was on display. My sister and I usually placed first or second in the race to the top of the mountain.
That library branch still stands. Our librarian, Ms. Bell, is long gone, and the hours are reduced from the old days. It’s harder to see inside because of the security grates obstructing the windows, but I’m so pleased that amid all the changes outside its walls, kids have a place to retreat and feel rewarded for loving books.
My daughter has been using the library and attending library programs since she was small. She still loves...