FIVE OF FIFTY-TWO: the library.
I don't remember the first time that I ever visited a library, but I know that I've always loved them.
When I was growing up I had two choices to get home after school. One was to ride the bus for about an hour, and the other was to catch a ride home with Rosie, our next door neighbor. Rosie worked at the hardware store in our small town, which was right across the street from the library. I would walk to the library after school, and then at 5 p.m. I would walk across the street to the hardware store and wait for Rosie to finish up her work so we could head home.
I spent my 1+ hours at the library looking at books, reading magazines or helping the Librarian shelve books. I really enjoyed spending time there and it certainly was better than sitting on the bus for an hour.
When my daughter was little I was a stay-at-home mom for a few years. During the winter months the days at home got rather long, so we would head to the nearby library for entertainment. This was a bigger library than the one in my small town, and I loved it. The main floor had a great childrens section with games, story hour and, of course, lots of books. Upstairs there were rows and rows of book shelves full of books that I wanted to read. We would usually go upstairs first so I could pick up a few books and then we would go downstairs and my daughter would play with other kids while I started one of the books I had checked out. We both enjoyed the time we spent at that library.
I don't visit the library as much now as I used did in past years. I think there are two main reasons for that; one is that I haven't been reading as much as I'd like, and the other is that it's easier, and not that expensive, to order used books from Amazon.com. Our local library is part of a reagional system with a website that allows you to request books from oher locations, so it's easy enough to get almost any book but you may have to wait for a few days (or in some cases a few weeks). I do like to support the library because I think it's such a great asset for the community.
The library. It's one of the things I love.