It's true the Silas Bronson Library was your first trip out of the house after coming home from the hospital. (When we got home from the hospital, I said to Mom, "Well I guess we won't be taking her anywhere for two or three weeks," and she replied, "No, we're going to the library today.")
I remember that Mom went in to get books and I held you on a bench in Library Park. A black ant crawled over your head and I heroically brushed it away.
1. i get leisure reading from the public library, and usually have a book or two (or four) out. i actually was just there returning books and pulling two, and then i had a surprise request waiting for me! i had completely forgotten! altho the reason i went *today* was that i needed tax instructions in print.
3. all the freakin' time. we could walk there by ourselves, or ride our bikes, and we did.
4. i remember writing a report (about otters?) in fifth grade or so, and my dad taking me to the public library at night (possibly even after dinner!) and teaching me to use both the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature and microfiche.
Thank you kindred spirit for reminding me that i'm not the only one taking out more books than I can read and still keep my sanity. i'm looking forward to completing my masters because soon borrowing privileges at the Uni will dry up and maybe -- just maybe -- I can get it under control.
That said, I'm a patron of my local public library. No seriously, that's what my membership card says. I figure if I added up the cost of all the books I had out at any one point in time, it would far surpass that annual donation amount.
as for the other questions? I think I've written enough for now. I <3 libraries.