I have always loved the library, but growing up in a small town, I was allowed to walk to the library by myself. I loved the sight and smell of all of those stacks of books.
In the summer, the library held a contest to find the child who would read the most number of books over the summer and also be able to verbally review the books for the librarian every week. I never won the contest, but had the pleasure of reading a lot of books.
I have always had a library card and encouraged my children and grandchildren to get their own library cards. I also buy books and to this day, I am loathe to give up any of my books and I love looking at them on my book shelves.