Friday, October 11, 2019

Not Only the Printed Word

Although Ocean Springs Municipal Library is relatively small, it offers programs, special events and, of course, books for all ages and interests.

Hubby and I have fallen into a mid-morning routine of heading to the library, usually on a Tuesday. We rarely check out a book, but printed books are not the sole lure.

For both of us the library is a comfortable environment removed from our home where tasks large and small clamor for attention. 

Hubby works in an out-of-the way spot. 

Hubby works on a project that he is keeping quiet about. I assume it is a writing project. He won’t confirm or deny, but when we are heading home he usually shares whether he has made progress or was mired in frustration. 

Either way he is undaunted and I think pleased that the library offers nooks that make for mostly uninterrupted concentration.

I choose a spot not as secluded as Hubby’s. I savor the atmosphere that is quiet but humming with staff and with patrons from toddlers to elders, all engaged in mind-stretching activity.
A comfortable stretch for legs and mind

The toddlers are not always quiet, but it makes me smile that they are being led into the habit of including books and library in their lives.

Wee ones take an imaginary voyage on the very real King Beaver dugout canoe, one of the library’s temporary exhibits. 

A big “thank you” to Sue, the librarian who retrieved the dugout canoe photo above for me from the Friends of the Library site.



  1. I love this visit to the library with you!

  2. I seldom go to the library any more, but I sure used to love to spend time there. And it is not that I don't like to go...I just don't make time for it.

  3. now that I read this, I realize I don't get to see this atmosphere you are talking about since I now read only kindle books.. the library is a special place, ours has two floors and the kids are upstairs, we have a choice of hearing them or staying in total peace and quiet downstairs. thanks for the reminder

  4. The library was a favorite place for me to go as a child but I haven’t been to one in years. My friends go often and I think that I should tag along some day.

  5. Kindle took me out of the library but now you remind me that there is more than books there. Will have to give mine a visit--if only to escape my home chores:))