A Love Letter To The Belmont Branch Library

by Katy on January 8, 2009 · 8 comments



Love of Books

The following is a reprint from an earlier blog post. Enjoy.

Dearest Belmont Branch Library,

I have lain awake many a sleepless night trying to conjure up words that might adequately describe the feelings of my heart. But every time I make the attempt, I have failed miserably. Please forgive my poor effort and accept a trite and simple phrase: I love you. 

I recall my first visits to you, two-year-old in tow, belly swollen with crazy monster #2. Your heavy front doors would swing open so obligingly at the touch of a button, the air conditioning cooling the sweat from my fevered brow. I knew then that this love was reciprocal. But still I was not ready to melt the frost from my heart. Too many libraries in the past had attempted to seduce me with fragile promises of literary bliss, only to dash my dreams with irregular hours and indifferent librarians. You were the Mr. Darcy to my Elizabeth Bennett. Prickly and yet so perfect for each other.

When you were closed for renovations I felt as though my heart were being ripped out. Yes, I could go to storytime at the Hollywood branch, but it was cold, sterile, full of strangers. I longed for your familiar touch. 

But you have won me over, body and soul. When I bring my son in for the “Read to the Dogs” program, I know this is not just puppy love. Wally the dog, you do not fool me while pretending to sleep through the “Star Wars Pop Up Book,” I know your canine heart pants for one more story.

Without you I am incomplete. What would I read? How could I live without the hypnotic caress of the perfect audio book, soothing the crushing boredom of housework. The stacks of crisp Manga to entice my 12 year old into a relaxing stupor. And “Star Trek” DVD sets, how could I exist without the geeky splendor of “Star Trek?!”

It not just the thousands of dollars you have saved me in video/ DVD rentals and book purchases. It is the non-judgmental love that flows between us. I love you Belmont branch library, I love you. Never leave me again.

Fall in love with your library, it’s the easiest relationship you’ll ever have.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Alison January 8, 2009 at 8:05 am

And, if you can, join your “Friends of the Library” group, which supplements the library’s budget by sponsoring programs, underwriting museum passes, offering special events and supporting Library improvements.


Jinger January 9, 2009 at 7:12 am

I, too, have a love affair with my library…it is a place where I can go and come home with an armload of books, magazine, CDs, and DVDs all for free! I have such a happy feeling when I walk out with my arms full of treasures.


Laura January 9, 2009 at 9:19 am

I must ask…is this for the Belmont Library in California?!?!?! That’s the library I go to and I LOVE it!!!


thenonconsumeradvocate January 9, 2009 at 9:22 am


It’s actually for the Belmont library right here in Portland, Oregon.

I’m sure your “Belmont library” is wonderful too!

Katy Wolk-Stanley
The Non-Consumer Advocate


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