This week is National Library Week which means we should all take a momoent to appreciate our libraries. Omar, Becca and I have spent quite a bit of time at our local library and definitely make use of most of its resources.
As a Work-At-Home Mom, former teacher and mom of a toddler, I love-love-love my library. I remember when I first moved to the suburbs, I was thrilled to learn that the library was open until 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and open most weekends. In the city, the libraries within walking distance of my apartment usually closed by 6 p.m. and were closed on Sundays. When I was teaching, I would often swing by the library after work to pick up some books from my class. On a few rainy weekends, I have incorporated the library into our errands to give Becca a chance to play and read a little bit.
When I moved here, I was also thrilled to learn that my library card was honored in all of the libraries in my county including the local community college. Since moving here, Omar and I (and now Becca) have made the trek to many of the county’s libraries. Right after Becca was born, Omar and I became addicted to House, M.D. so we made a bi-weekly trek to the one library in the area with the 2nd season of House, M.D. on DVD. We have also checked out all of the children’s rooms within a 20 mile radius of our house and know which ones are a separate room from the main library and which have the best selection of toys.
Now, as a work-at-home mom, I often will use the library as an escape from my home office. In fact, I am typing this in my local library. I find that working at my local library (or community college library) helps keeps me focused and prevents me from becoming distracted by the need to do a load of laundry or unload the dishwasher. My local library even has an “adult study room” which adds an extra dimension of privacy and even allows me to make a few discrete cell phone calls, if necessary. My local community college’s library has allowed me to conduct a variety of research on education and social work topics.
I also have been known to bring Becca and my mother-in-law (Becca’s daily caregiver) to play in the children’s section of the library while I get some work done. This was especially helpful in the grey winter months to counteract Becca’s cabin fever. I usually could get some writing completed while Becca happily played. When it was time to head home, I had usually completed enough work that I could spend some quality time with Becca.