I took my girls to the Fraser Valley Regional Library the other day. We were in desperate need of new stories to read at their bedtime. It was close to dinnertime, so I made the assumption that we would have the library to ourselves. Instead, I discovered a mother and her daughter whom we’ve not seen for a while – a chance to catch up on each other’s lives. After a brief visit, another mother, who we didn’t know, walked in with her two sons. We conversed with them, as it goes with parents of small children. Needing to get home for dinner, my girls borrowed their books and we left, content with the time we spent there.
Once the stories were read and the children were in bed, I had a moment to reflect on this experience. I thought of the many ways that a building that houses books, workshops, seminars, events and other great resources for the general public, acts as a community hub. Here is a place where we can walk in and enjoy as much, or as little interaction with others as we wish. We can get lost in our thoughts, or we can be found sharing common ideas, goals, and space. Minds can be expanded and challenged, skills can be learned, and new friendships can be made.
This reflection is likely not a new revelation to you, but it did make me pause. It made me realize how much more I feel connected to my community when I enter the doors of my library. I belong. I fit in. I am a part of this living, breathing community and I am a better person for it. I hope my girls, too, will experience the contentment and belonging I feel here.
(The girls enjoying the puzzles in the childrens’ area)