Maybe my love for books is woven into my genetic code, or maybe it originated from my ownership of a library card. Throughout my childhood, my parents frequently read stories, fables and fairytales to me.
I learned at three years old that some of my favorites were housed in our public library, the Levittown Branch of the Bucks County Free Libraries. I was enchanted by these books. So much so, that prior to learning how to read, I memorized the words, page by page. The library was a haven; the books an alternate reality.
As my reading level developed, I was introduced to library-run programs for neighborhood kids. I transcribed every book I read during summers for seasonal book challenges, and joined classes for elementary-age children that enriched my understanding of literary themes. It was during these classes when I first realized the resources available to me around the corner at my public library. Computer access, reference books, magazines, movies and audiotapes were at my fingertips. And those that I could not find on my own were often available with the help of the librarians.
Every trip to the library ended the same way for me: while the librarian scanned my pile of books at the checkout counter, I traced the streets of Levittown on the huge aerial print that hung on the wall. I was thrilled when one day, with books spilling from beneath my arms, I finally reached up and found my house on the map of wonderfully winding roads. During my most recent visit to the Levittown Public Library, I noticed some changes. The children’s section has been transformed into a more vibrant and inviting area that will foster a love of books for many future generations of Levittown. Although I customarily make a beeline for the fiction stacks, I still venture into the children’s section and become a wonderstruck kid when I open the cover of a Harry Potter novel.
The Levittown Branch is hosting a Super Saturday Playtime on June 15th from 11AM-3PM. All ages are welcome and no registration is required. Stop by and check out your favorite book, or maybe a title that catches your eye. Will we see you there?