How The Public Library Facilitates Our Escape

We love books. Every trip we take to the public libraries is a treasure hunt. The library is to us a treasure trove where many precious books and movies are waiting to be discovered.

Books are the keys to learning about the human life and mind — past and present. Books reveal the magic and beauty of life, both real and imaginative. Books showcase the ingenuity of the human mind at its finest. People write in books what they don’t say in conversations. Books provide much needed avenues to the much longed-for escape from the humdrum of our daily life.

The nature of our work, in the business world and in the household, does not naturally provide us with much inspiration and opportunities for imagination. At times we long for escapes to the literary world, the world of spiritual contemplation, imagination, and discovery — especially the timeless world of the classics.

Jacob loves learning about such edgy things as pirates, mummies, zombies, and werewolves, etc. For the longest time, he was keen to learn anything about Ancient Egypt. After Ancient Egypt came the interest in all thing pirates.

During first grade, Jacob discovered the Captain Underpants series from the public library and was so enchanted that he wrote to the author himself, with Daddy’s help of course. Recently, he discovered the Magic Tree House series, real chapter books, and would finish them so quickly that Mommy would run to the library on the weekend to refill his stack.

Jacob would come home from school and immediately dive into the stack of library books under his bed. Good luck to anyone who tries to pry him away from his library books!

Last year in the harsh winter I found much consolation in the Little House On The Prairie series. The highlights of my 2014 summer reading belong to Out Of Africa by Karen Blixen and Sand, Wind and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Ah, all the places that books can take you!

This Fall, philosophy and DK Eyewitness books reign the days. I started my philosophy reading with How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton and a Soren Kierkegaard biography by Joakim Garff. Many many days, on break from housework and James’ care, I enjoyed traveling to many places and learning from great minds with the help of books.

David enjoys non-fiction and poetry. In fiction, he is only interested in mysteries, from the classics such as Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot to the modern.

When I am with a good book and a hot drink, I am in the cozy company of a good friend.


About debrotnguyen

A smitten couple and loving parents in our mid 30s. We have lived in 3 different countries together. We dream of living in a fourth country together after our children grow up. We love long walks in the woods, climbing mountains, fishing, traveling, reading, and being together. David has an MBA and is a financial advisor with Edward Jones. He works hard to better people's lives by helping them with financial knowledge and planning. Lam is primarily a Mom and a wife, but is currently a graduate school student.
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