Libraries. Those wonderful places most of us grew up eager to visit every chance we got. Places full of knowledge and adventures just waiting to be found. You could spend the whole day and still want to come back. At least that’s how I remember it. These days with the rise of the internet people take for granted the simple joy of visiting their local library. Today I want to talk about mine.
I recently moved to New Holland, Ohio and thus far I like the cozy feeling of it. What I like most though is the ability to walk most places I want to go. On November 6th it was a short trip to vote. For the first time I got there by myself. The reason I got there so easily is I am very familiar with the location; the library is the same building. The New Holland Community Center is housed in the old school on Main Street. Currently it is home to the library and the gym is used for events. The playground is now a park. It’s one of the best uses for an old location I’ve ever seen.
The library itself is in two former classrooms and runs purely on donations; the time of the librarians and the books of the townspeople. Walking in the door you will find the librarians hard at work organizing the stacks of books donated. Most have already been filed and fill the shelves. The library is well lit and cozy, and has a wide selection to choose from. The downside is that is only open two days a week.
I visit the library ever week when the weather permits. The walk is good exercise and the conversation with fellow book lovers always brightens my day. The librarians are friendly and helpful, and the selection is fun to look through. If you’re in town on Thursday or Saturday, make sure you stop by. It's open 1-5pm on Thursdays and 12n-2pm on Saturdays.