Today I am thankful -- VERY thankful -- for our local library system.
I've been a big fan of the library my whole life. Throughout my childhood, my parents took my brother and I to the big downtown library. I loved getting the parking ticket stamped, the giant (or at least, giant to me) reading room for story time, picking out videos and records (ah, back in the day), looking through the paintings (did you know our library used to have framed artwork you could check out, take home, and hang up on the wall?! I was never able to get my parents to agree to do it unfortunately), and the smell. Oh, the smell -- a smell of old and books and a pinch of imagination. Sometimes I go to the downtown branch simply because I love that wave of nostalgia that washes over me from entering the building and that first whiff of library.
As an adult, I've continued to be a library connoisseur. I am there at least once or twice a week, and it makes me feel good that my boy and I are on a first-name basis with the staff. Love that. I've dropped Netflix and avoided Redbox because the library is my main movie source. New music? Find it at the library. New books? You get the picture...
Anyway, this was a GREAT library week. See that stack on my nightstand?
No, really. Check it out. ALL of that crafty goodness.
I added up this stack to see what it would total me at my local Border's bookstore.
Borders = $186.36
My library = FREE
All of that FREE inspiration, just waiting on my nightstand to be devoured. Library, I HEART you.