50 centsI love my library.
When I was growing up, the library in Mooresville was my 2nd home. I didn't get to spend a lot of time there--it was too far to walk from my house in the country and I wasn't able to drive there until I was 16. I had to rely on my mom to get me there and she did as much as time allowed but she was a working mom so her time was limited which made my time there limited. I usually rushed in and ran around, browsing the shelves for something new.
The librarians were my saviors--they knew I didn't have much time and, it being a small town, they knew my loves. They would sock books away for me and help me get enough to read until I could return the next time. Books and their care of me made me want to be a librarian when I grew up.
I didn't make it--life changed that direction but librarians still hold a special place in my heart. I went for years ignoring the libraries in the places I lived, preferring instead to buy books to read and keep. After dragging 30 boxes of these books around through several moves, I returned to the library for my reading (and listening) pleasure.
I've mentioned before how I bake for the library workers from time to time. When I had a week off recently, I baked them some chocolate-chocolate chip cookies. Last night, due to some frustration over an inefficient cable modem, I went in the kitchen and baked some toffee-chip bars to take to the library folks today. When I got there, I told the check-out woman that I'd brought them some bars. She is new--I think I confused her a bit but then another worker came out to check out another patron and I saw she was the one I had talked to before about cookies and treats. She saw me and her eyes lit up! She saw the box and said "what are you going to do with that box?" I guess I worried her that I would have a box that I only brought with me, but wouldn't leave. I assured her the box was for them and I was leaving it. She said "we have a woman whose birthday is today--we'll tell her you brought the bars to celebrate her birthday--hopefully she will share!". She went to get the woman. I think the woman was a little confused how I knew it was her birthday but she went along with us and took the bars back to the workroom with her thanks.
The woman checking me out said "look at this". She turned the screen (normally turned away from patrons) to me and it said "Thank Linda when she comes again for the wonderful chocolate cookies she brought us--they were delicious!" I didn't realize the patron accounts have a comment section! Apparently it is used by the library workers--according to one of the workers for less than flattering comments most of the time (I guess it is a bulletin board "most wanted" area!). We all got a good laugh at my secret admirer (no signature) leaving messages for me.
I had a 50-cent fine (bad tracking of due books on my part!) to pay. I had my 50 cents with me. The two workers removed the fee from my account and refused my money. I guess that puts the price of my bars at 50 cents. Not a bad deal at my favorite library.