“When we have no place to live, we will spend time in the library and use the key to the world in my mind: the computer in the library.”
- Astrid Liden
As my favorite aardvark Arthur Reid said, "When you have a library card, it is not difficult to find some fun." Well, it is actually very difficult. Because I, once again, did not bring a library card.
I may have entered the librarian's recent "history" because this kind of thing happens often, so she started to check my name directly on the computer. I, this 9-year-old customer with glasses, just wants to borrow a book, but now there are two problems: I didn't bring a library card, and I have too many fines and I can't lend it.
I bite my teeth and take out a banknote from a wallet made of tape and pay a 20% fine that allows me to borrow the book. If I can borrow a book called Handling Money for Kids, I will borrow it because most of my "wealth" goes straight back to the library.
我咬着牙从用胶带做的钱包里掏出一张钞票，付了能让我把书借走的20%罚款。如果能借一本叫做《为孩子理财》(Handling Money for Kids)的书，我会借的，因为我大部分的“财富”都直接回到了图书馆。
Thanks to my mother, I have a library card almost from birth. I went to my library not just for reading, but for immersing myself in books. I will find my stool, sit in the children's area, and read the book. When Mom goes to work, she will put me in the library halfway, then I will be as usual: sit down, read, return, repeat these actions, if I am lucky, I will borrow the book home.
My purpose of access is usually the same: reading or playing computer. But when I grew up, I realized that things have started to change. My mother started to go to the library with us often. When I am studying or finishing homework, she will be there, typing next to me. Our world coexists, but there is a reason for this.
For three years, the mother was unemployed. As a single mother, the hardships of not having a job, no home, or no car are miserable. I stopped the routines of the past and didn't mind. I opened two pages and continued my work.
Every day, I visit Zillow, the job search website, and the website related to my grandfather's stroke rehabilitation, and then ask if the information I am looking for is useful. "Thank you for my niece," Mom always said, but I realized the pressure that followed. We are in different worlds, but they have collided together.
When there is no place to live, we will spend time in the library and use the key to the world in my mind: the library computer. Whether it's the library in our childhood or the library 40 miles from the farm we live in, the library is a stable.
Now I am sitting behind the desk and seeing and hearing everything: begging to borrow the little girl of Junie B. Jones and playing Roblox on the computer. Boy, a woman who is busy with tax returns, calls "sports fans" who ask for the latest results, and women who ask about the weather.
如今我坐在服务台后面，看到也听到了一切：央求着要借走“朱尼·琼斯系列”(Junie B. Jones)的小女孩，在电脑上玩《机器砖块》(Roblox)的男孩，忙着报税的女人，来电询问最新结果的“体育迷”，还有询问天气的女人。
I will hear Spanish, English, and Somali. I will meet those common unruly guys: the children rushed to the counter and asked, "Can you give me a visitor pass?"
At first, the receipts that were slowly played out were just a series of numbers, but I quickly realized that it was much more than that. What I used to say was, "My mom forgot to bring a library card" or "When does the library close?" or "Can I use the phone?" I was a customer who used the computer and was a child in the reading area. Now I am the professional at the counter, helping to find lost library cards. Sitting at the counter will not let me forget my past, but will let me accept it.
The resources provided by the library to people will open different doors for different people. Even after the mother finds a job, the library is still a source of security and comfort. I have learned to give back to others when I have given me so many places to work. Now I have the opportunity to open the library to others, just as it was open to me.