I also spent a lot of time in the library as a child. I grew up in Nyack, NY, and our library was very old. The children's room was down a dark, narrow staircase in the basement but it was somehow very cozy and safe. I think the library was one of the only public places where I would be left alone for long stretches to explore. The librarian, who I can still picture perfectly in my mind, was very kind to me and often recommended wonderful books. The library we go to now, with my daughters, is brand new, modern, and airy, filled with light. But it is still one of my favorite places to hang out. And the librarians are consistently warm and friendly, always going out of their way to be helpful. So you can see that this book has already touched a special place in my heart.