The public library is an oasis in this busy world. Though it’s bustling with people and events and technology, sometimes it feels like stepping back in time. This is especially true when it comes to how people interact with one another.
Working at the circulation desk, I often see people being extra considerate of each other. A patron steps aside to let a parent with a fussy child check out first. A young woman lingers a few extra seconds to let a senior with a walker and a giant pile of new novels beat her to the desk. A teenager holds the door for me as I go upstairs.
In the past few weeks, as the outside world has roiled with disturbing events, I’ve found myself looking for the positive in life. Lucky me-I work in the library.
This week, thanks to a longtime library patron, we’ve instituted the “Teapot Fund.” That’s what he called it when he came to the desk on Wednesday. It seems that a few days earlier, he’d been in line behind a child with an overdue fine, and no money to pay it. The boy checked out his book, and promised to come back with money for his fine. Moved by what he’d seen, the man came back to the library with a ziploc bag full of coins. He told us that he hated to think that any child wouldn’t be able to borrow books because of fines. He asked that we use the money to pay fines for children who were unable to do so.
It’s nice to know that good things are still happening here at the library.