My First Love Was A Library
Willard Library in Evansville, Indiana
My First Love
I was always encouraged to read, especially by my Daddy who read to me as a little girl and encouraged me to find the words he read. I began reading simple books when I was three-years-old, the usual Dick, Jane and Spot kind of books. I loved the feeling of the paper on my fingers, loved the smell of books, and began to love where books could take me. Then when I was around six-years-old, someone told my Mom that the library in Willard Park had a children's room, where a child could just sit and read as long as they wanted. It was in the basement of the adult Willard Library, and had a separate entrance so you didn't have to worry about being trampled by the "big people." I was enchanted that this room was especially for children like me, and spent many happy hours there, reading everything I could get my hands on. Willard Library was my first love.