My First Memory of Librarians
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My First Memory (of Librarians)
by Nikki Giovanni
This is my first memory:
A big room with heavy wooden tables that sat on a creaky wood floor
A line of green shades - bankers' lights - down the center
Heavy oak chairs that were too low or maybe I was simply too short
For me to sit in and read
So my first book was always big
In the foyer up four steps a semi-circle desk presided
To the left side the card catalogue
On the right newspapers draped over what looked like a quilt rack
Magazines face out from the wall
The welcoming smile of my librarian
The anticipation in my heart
All those books - another world - just waiting
At my fingertips.
From Acolytes by Nikki Giovanni. Copyright (C) 2007 by Nikki Giovanni. Published by arrangement with William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.