KANSAS CITY, Kan. - I grew up two blocks from my small town's public library. The Independent Township Library, to be exact.
I always wondered why the library had such a strange name, not knowing the history of townships in our state or why they were formed, way back when. At any rate, I would stagger home with my arms full of books from the time I could read.
By the time I graduated from high school, I had read every book in the building, plus hundreds more that the interlibrary loan van would bring every couple of weeks. I taught story time to 3-year-olds, and led the summer reading program.
The library was my window to the world, and through its treasures it made me realize that the world was a big place with a lot of opportunities.