Beacon of learning or another foil of the author?
Living in a quaint little college town, we still do quaint little things, like go to the public library. Although we were incredibly lucky to inherit hundreds and hundreds of used children's books from family, friends and neighbors, Laura made a point early on about taking the kids to the library.
Her reasoning is quite sound: teach the kids that we don't just buy everything, we sometimes borrow things and there are consequences if we don't return them. Good lesson, just no fun to practice.
Early on I was a bit leery of going to the library.
"But honey, they can't even read, they won't be able to read for years."
"No, but you can read to them."
True, the author can read. But then we go and all they want to do is play on the library computer. They can't read, but they sure know how to put on the Cat in the Hat video on the PC. Why the library has video's on computer is really beyond me. I'm sure they kids learn a minuscule amount by watching the words as the cat speaks, but come on, isn't the point of the library to read and not watch videos?
In my mind the library does have some functionality, its a drive there and back, which eats time. Its air conditioned, so in the summer its nice and cool. And it does get them out of the house and change the mood if they are fighting.
But then they started bringing home books. Lots and lots of books. Again that's fine, until 3 weeks later and you can't find Spiderman.
Really, this 10 year old used copy of Spiderman is $17.99? Its 14 pages and was written in 1968. And its not even a cool limited edition comic book.
How in the world am I supposed to find this:
Where have you webbed off to now Spidey?
Proverbial haystack to find the needle
The answer of course is simple to anyone with small children. I'm looking in the wrong place. Any library book due back to the library is NEVER going to be found somewhere obvious like the book shelf. Those Little Einstein cd's did not turn my kid into Einstein, so definitely not in the book shelf.
Under his bed? No. Under Henry's bed? No. Ahhh, under my bed? No. Think dad think.
Of course, like a million library books before this one, Spiderman never even made it in the house. And the winner is:
If you guessed under the driver's side car seat, behind the book bag and stuffed animal, you are the winner. And for those lucky winners - you get the $17.99 I don't owe the library.
But those 2 and half hours of on again off again looking for that book I'll never get back!