I am a reader. I love it. I can't live without the written word. Doesn't matter who's it is. I have to get my reading fix everyday.
Reading does for me what drugs do for others. No kidding on that one. I started reading at a very young age and am so grateful to my Grandmother for introducing me to the wonder of books and the public library. For those of you who didn't know I grew up in Baltimore City. That's right, I was a city kid born and bred. The idea of country life was going to Edgewood mainly because there was no mass transit there.
Spending days getting lost in Enoch Pratt Public Library is truly part of the highlight reel from my childhood. The main library building was grand. There were many more sprinkled about the city and one located only four blocks from my house. But the main branch, the one located downtown was totally worth the trip. It was a grand building as you can see from my picture. It took up an entire city block on Cathedral Street. Looking at this picture takes me back.
So a little history lesson for you today. The Enoch Pratt library system of Maryland is one of the oldest in the country. The first branch opened in 1886. The library along with an endowment of one million dollars were a gift to the city from a philanthropist named, yes you guessed it, Enoch Pratt. (I wonder how much a million dollars from 1886 would be worth today?)
As we move into this newest century we are drawn to more electronic forms of communication and reading. I am just a guilty as the next guy. I used to travel for my job extensively and would carry with me at any one time at least five or six books. When I got to where ever I was going I always hit a bookstore. I never resented the time it took to go to the bookstore but I did resent the suitcase space the books took up.
Graduating to a kindle meant I could carry this little gadget and have thousands of books at my disposal. Sort of like carrying around my own library. Yeah, my eyes glazed over a bit when I thought that way too, and they still do.