This week’s story is from Sheila Ziman.
“I love reading. I read every day, mostly novels but some non-fiction as well. I can’t fall asleep without reading. The local library is my primary source of reading material.
Twenty-seven years ago, when I first moved to Haliburton County, there were no computers and your library card was a small paper card. I knew only one person in Haliburton and she was a seasonal resident. No one knew me.
One day I approached the library counter with an armload of books, but I couldn’t find my card and the librarian couldn’t track down my card number. The librarian took one look at my face and said, “Don’t worry dear. I hate to think of someone not having anything to read. You can sign out your books on my card.” I couldn’t believe the librarian would do that for me – a complete stranger!
When I got home, I phoned a close friend of mine who was a librarian in Toronto. I told her the story and we both laughed, but I knew that I had not only found a wonderful new home, I had also found a library with a heart.”