Monday, July 17, 2006

Love and Hate at the Local Library

Love- Row after row of books.
Hate- Grumpy Librarians. You'd think they'd at least like kids a *little bit*, but no.

Love- That you can take home as many as your heart desires.
Hate- When the kids beg to take home Sponge Bob Squarepants videos instead of something...I don't know...book-ish.

Love- Browsing the covers of books for hours.
Hate- Hearing the shrieking of my two year old as she protests her stroller confinement.
Hate Even More- Hearing the shrieking of my seven year old because my two year old BIT him whilst he attempted to school her on Library etiquette. You know, basics, like, don't run, don't scream and don't tear all the books off the shelves and throw them at other patrons.

Love- Picking out new adventure filled pages to introduce my children to the world of literature.
Hate- Computers on child size tables, in the picture book section...

Love- Summer Reading Club.
Love Even More- All the cool stuff we got for DOING Summer Reading Club.

Hate- That our Library doesn't put a sticker with the due date on the books anymore...They give you a list.
Hate Even More- That they still have to put a sticker in the book over the theft protection device. This sticker serves no purpose other than tempting little fingers to peel it off, meaning that not a week goes by that we don't announce our entry to the library by setting off the alarm. At least print the due date on the damn thing so when I notice it, stuck to the bottom of my foot, as I sit on the toilet, I have some idea of whether the books need to go back this week or next.

Love- Having a place to let the children run wild quietly entertain themselves during 100+ degree weather.
Hate- Having to leave the books I look at on the end of the row to be *counted* instead of putting them right back where I found them.
Love- That, for once, someone else has to pick up all the books my kids get out.

Hate-Leaving.
Love- That we get to do it all over again next week.

5 comments:

brandi ginn said...

HA! I love it!

Thanks for including me in your "photographers" list ;) you're great!

Nettie said...

You are such a great mom to take your kids to the library every week!

I love the sticker on the foot while on the toilet, thing. Multitasking? Too funny!

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Grammy said...

You make me miss the library. I used to go all the time when the kids were little. Now that I have no one at home and could really get into, I seem to have abandoned it. Thanks for the reminder. Maybe once all the kids are back in school and it's deserted to the toddler & geriatric crew, I could try again. There really is something magic about so many books in one place!

bon said...

sigh... the Library. I WISH I dared, and I was a Library Storyteller for a few years, you'd think I wouldn't be such a whimp.

(sets jaw) Perhaps the time has come.