first library card?
Yep, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. We’re moved, and getting awfully close to settled in. My pregnancy continues to go pretty well, except that it’s been really hot lately. But I know that I’m not the only one hot and miserable in this weather, and one of the great perks of working in a library, is that the building is kept nice and cool for the books.
So speaking of libraries… Zoe and I visited the big downtown library today, and Zoe picked out a few books to check out (she’s on a Fancy Nancy kick right now). I thought it might be a good time to ask about getting Zoe her own library card. I was pretty sure she’d be excited to have it, though she’s never asked for her own.
So I asked the librarian when kids could get their own library card. She looked at me and Zoe, and said that, while they could get a card any time they liked, she wouldn’t get one until a kid was older. Otherwise, it would just be another card for the parents to keep track of. And anyway, it should be something special, and if you’ve just always had it, then it loses its specialness.
I felt oddly chastised by the whole encounter, but figured since Zoe hadn’t actually asked for her own card, we didn’t need to get one anyway. But I’m just not sure about the specialness of getting a library card. I mean, yes, it’s awesome that libraries exist (you don’t need to convince me that my chosen profession is a good one), and the chance to have a library card that lets you check out any item is really pretty cool. But I also kind of feel like it shouldn’t be special, in some ways, maybe it should be something expected, something you’ve always known. For what it’s worth, I don’t remember the day I got my library card, which I’m sure is part of why the specialness argument doesn’t really resonate with me. Not remembering that as a milestone certainly didn’t turn me off of libraries at all. On the other hand, I could see making a big deal out of it. Maybe as a big event when Zoe starts kindergarten, or when she starts reading. I suppose that could be cool.
Anyone remember when you got your first library card? Was it a big deal? Do you think it should be a big deal or some kind of rite of passage? I’d love to hear any stories or thoughts about it.