Ode to the library.
There are benefits to living in the "most populous" county in Minnesota. My favorite?
Friends, there are so many books. If you want a book, and it's not at your library- you request it and it magically appears at your library. If you want a book, and they don't have it- most likely they'll purchase it to add to the system.
The librarians are excellent. (They might even love books more than I do.)
I love that my kids know where the request shelves are and where the good books are.
I love that we come out of there with piles of books every week.
I love that the car ride home (and the subsequent afternoon) is silent, because everybody has their noses stuck in books.
I love how excited I get when I open the cover of a book by a favorite author, and I CAN'T WAIT to plow through that book. Except I can't read toooo fast, because I don't want the book to end.
Did I mention it's free?