Public libraries are the greatest gift to a community. I proudly have cards from four states. Mississippi, Illinois,Michigan,and Florida. I think my Mississippi card is out of date, but I keep it anyway. You never know when I might pass that way again.
I remember the excitement of each of our kids when they were knowledgable enough to print their name on a form so that they could get their own card. The problem was fitting all of the letters on the line, but they did it. We are a family of readers. That
is a good thing. I always smile when I remember our youngest finishing the book, "The Trumpet of the Swan" way past his bed time and hearing from his room,"author, author" in celebration of finishing a great read. One skill that Bob has not lost is his ability
to read. He reads several books a week. Mostly biographies. I still favor escaping into mysteries and cookbooks. Some of our kids read science fiction,which I could never get into. When they were kids around the breakfast table, they would quiz each other
on the information on the back of the cereal boxes that were on the table. We had our famous" readable eatable" meals that we had when Bob was out of town on business. That's when you could read while eating. I looked up public libraries on Google, 1656 was
the first noted in the US. In the late 1700 Benjamin Franklin supported the setting aside of public funds for libraries. Reading matters and I am for ever in debt to these foresighted people who recognized that. Read on.