I Love Books by Sarah Shuttleworth
I love books. A good book can transport you to another place and make you feel powerful emotions. Some of my earliest memories are of sitting with my mother while she read to me. I’m currently re-reading through my favorite series, Harry Potter. While reading, I came across a sentence that got me to thinking. “That’s what Hermione does,” said Ron, shrugging. “When in doubt, go to the library.” With a love of books started at an early age, I learned to love libraries and the magic they seemed to hold. Once I was old enough to walk to the public library by myself I could be found there often during the summer. That is until I had a few run-ins with the new librarian. She didn’t care for kids and over time the library became disorganized. I didn’t feel welcome there and had trouble finding what I was looking for. I stopped going to the public library.
Fast forward a few years and I found myself living in a new town. My new husband suggested I go check out the Fort Stockton Public Library. I had some reservations at first due to those previous experiences. I was so surprised when I walked in the front doors that first time. This library was at least double, if not triple the size of my previous town’s library. The staff was friendly, welcoming, and helped me get a new library card. In the 10 years since I’ve lived here in Fort Stockton the library has grown quite special to me again.
We are truly blessed by what we have here in our little town. Our library is more than just books, though there are plenty to choose from. Even if you can’t find the book you are looking for a staff member can get it for you through the interlibrary loan program. I have found many wonderful books by roaming the numerous aisles and spotting a random book that peaked my interest. I’ve checked out audiobooks to listen to on long road trips.
Now that I have two children of my own I am passing the love of reading on to them as well. They both love to go to the library to check out books. They enjoy playing educational games on the children’s computers that are available as well. My children have enjoyed numerous story times. They have participated in the wonderful summer reading program every year and enjoy the crafts, shows, and learning opportunities. My oldest son is able to take piano lessons with Mrs. Day and he loves them.
We’ve seen world class musicians play and sing during intimate concerts at the library. I myself am vice president of the Critique Cafe, a writing and critique group that meets at the library on first and third Monday’s. I’ve been to author workshops and book signings.
There are computers available for the public to use which has come in handy when I was without internet. For a small fee you can print pages or make copies. Library Director, Mrs. Valdez, has notarized things for me.
All of these programs and opportunities are free and provided to the public. Our library is a special place in our community. You might find something entertaining to do one evening and while you’re there you can pick up a new book to read or maybe pick up an old favorite.