One of the first things I did when we moved into our neighbourhood was to join the library. The Toronto Public Library is the biggest library in Canada. With 99 branches to borrow from, the choice available to readers is huge. The first time I walked into our local branch, however, I did not know this. What I saw was a huge space filled with books. What I saw was a reader’s dream. When I applied for our library cards I learnt that we were each able to take out 50 items (ie: books, DVDs, CDs, magazines). I was stunned when I heard this. Even at the university I had attended, three had been the limit.
Joining the library came to be one of the best things I had done. Twice a week I used to take my toddlers to spend time in the children section to play and read. Story time for them happened weekly. Each visit my children browsed and chose books and DVDs to borrow. And each week I borrowed books that I could read. I caught up on books that I had missed reading in South Africa, I read the latest novels of my favourite authors, and I discovered the work of writers I had never heard of before.
Even now my children and I use the library frequently – especially during the summer months when we have more time to read. The library is one of the places in the city that I will not forgo visiting.
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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
(This post was written for the FMF 31 day challenge hosted by Kate Motaung. Today’s prompt is: join)