O.k., let me just preface this post by saying that I am one of those "bad moms" that has never really taken my kids to the library consistently. I know it's good for them, it's just a hard trip with 4 kids. O.k., you are forewarned and I AM trying to do better.
So, I went to the library last Wednesday with all 4 kids for the first time in a long time. I knew it had been a while but I didn't realize how long until I got there. My kids wanted to play on the children's computers they have set up. So, I went to the front desk because I didn't have my library card with me and that is what you use to log in. I asked them to look up my card # for me and discovered that I had $14 in late fees. Wanna know how long those have been there? These late fees were for 7 books (that are returned) from 2005!! Yes, it has been 3 years since we have stepped foot in a library.
Well, I had to pay the fees to under $10 in order to use my card.
*As a side note, this is one of the main reasons I stopped going to the library. I was soooooo bad at returning my books on time that I decided I might as well just start buying the books.
So, I paid $4.01 and decided that we were going to try and make weekly trips to the library. We'll see if I do any better now that my children are older.
I will say that the experience was so different than 3 years ago. Back then I had a 4,3, and 2 year old and a new born. They were loud, they cried and were just chaotic. Because those are the only memories I have of taking my kids to the library, I was very anxious about this trip.
It was such a great relief to realize that my kids have matured greatly in this area. They did great and were truly excited about all the books and begged to check some out. Don't worry, I let them (1 for each kid).
O.k., so here is the funny part. I decided I was going to use this opportunity to teach Morgan all about libraries and how they are organized and how to find a particular book you are looking for. Now, I don't know about the libraries where you are, but the ones here have sure changed since the last time I was looking for a particular book (this may have been since I was in high school). I started to tell my eager and excited daughter that when you want to find a book in the library, you start with.....
This is when I started looking around the library and realized there was no card catalog. Being the savvy woman that I am, I quickly concluded that I should probably be looking for a computer. I saw a row of computers against one of the walls and walked my daughter over and we started typing. Don't you just love those moments where you are trying to teach one of your kids something that you are learning at the same time? Well, it was one of those moments. We did finally figure out how to work that electronic contraption and we found just the books we were looking for.
I know some of you are probably shaking your head in disgust at my library knowledge. But, I'm hoping someone will stand up and say they are just as clueless as me. Anyone? Anyone?