Most of the time, I love our public library.
Over the years, we have spent quite a bit of time there browsing for books, playing in the children's area, attending special programs, and much more.
There have been a few instances when one of their stricter (in my opinion: unnecessary) rules have bothered me, but mainly, we love it there. Big Sister E and I first started attending story time at the local library when she was 5 months old and we have continued ever since, even having met some of our most favorite friends through the program.
Because we like it so much, we even overlook when there are spiders climbing the shelves on Halloween...
The library building itself is nice as well, with the children's area far from the silent, no-talking area - smart thinking by someone in the planning stages - and there are plenty of windows, computers for everyone, open space to move around, and a lack of fake flowers that I appreciate.
(That's not just me, right? When I visit somewhere that is filled with fake plants or tries to make it seem like we're not in the middle of winter in the Midwest by using tropical artificial flowers in their decor, well, that just makes me cringe a little bit.)
When that cute spider isn't busy climbing, she also likes to admire and say hi to the library's bearded dragon, who stays safely inside a large tank (to Mommy's huge relief)...
So with the surge in ways to read books digitally, sometimes I worry about the future of libraries. Are they still going to be around when it is time for my grandkids to attend story time? Will books still be around by then?
What do you think? Do you visit your local library? Do you still read books in print or are they all digital?