The library is open again for browsing and borrowing! YIPPEE! I am thrilled! THIS is what I've been waiting for! Today I went in because I had a request in--one that's been 'in transit' since December, when we went into the latest lockdown and the libraries closed again. This was the first time in over a year we could go in and look around, not just do contact and collect. Don't get me wrong--I was SO grateful that Fiona, our librarian, was doing contact and collect, but it was wonderful to just meander around and peer at the shelves to see what was there. Even though the library is small, I did not have time to explore everything between the time we moved here and the first lockdown, so today I had fun poking around in the Irish and local history sections. There is more there to check out in future. I was not greedy and I did restrain myself 😁 Plus I filled up my request list as soon as they turned the request option back on, so there will be more books coming from various libraries around the country.
Some people are happy about shopping, going to the cinema, or eating out again. Those aren't things I did before, except on a very occasional basis, and they aren't things I care about doing now. The library is a different story.
It's funny--a few months ago, I was talking (on the phone, not in person) to a librarian in one of the places we used to live, and I was saying that I'd gotten used to not using the library anymore, other than for digital stuff, and I wasn't sure how much I'd use it when it opened back up. 😆 Obviously I was having a delusional moment. If there is an open library nearby, I'll be in it. And if my card works in that library, I'll be walking out with a pile of books.