I recently rediscovered the public library system. And by “rediscovered,” I mean I hadn’t checked out a library book in over a decade. That is, until about two months ago when I found the Marysville Public Library.

Growing up, my parents took my sisters and me to the public library pretty much every week. I would beeline to the section with my current favorite series – Nancy Drew, The Boxcar Children, Encyclopedia Brown, The Babysitters Club, A Wrinkle in Time, Goosebumps, etc. – and grab the maximum number of books I was allowed. Once home, I’d set my stack of books next to my favorite overstuffed rocking chair and read for hours, ripping through chapter books like they were picture books.

But once I hit college, I stopped going to the library, opting instead to purchase books from clearance shelves or second-hand shops. I do’nt exactly know why the change came about – maybe because I moved, maybe because I lived near a great used bookstore – but it stuck around. My love of reading continued, but the habit of borrowing books disappeared.

When I was on maternity leave, I finally ran out of books at home (and on my Kindle) that I hadn’t read yet. I decided it was time to venture over to the Marysville Public Library and see what I could find. Wow, libraries have come a long way since I was a kid. In addition to the usual book selection, I was surprised to discover the Snohomish County Library System also allows members to check-out current movies and TV series on DVD, a wide variety of CDs and electronic books. There is also a large selection of books in foreign languages. And the Marysville branch offers laptops for people to use, in addition to having the usual fleet of desktop computers. Every time Kevin and I have walked over to pick up a book or DVD that’s on hold, the branch is full of teens, kids, moms, dads, college students and others. It warms my heart to see so many people taking advantage of a free service, a service that for a while many people thought would cease to be relevant.

Now that I’ve rediscovered my love for public libraries, I have an extensive list of books and DVDs that I want to check-out. I just need the time to read and watch all of them! I encourage everyone to visit their local library branch. You may be like me and discover there is more to offer than you thought.

Kira Cox

Hi, I’m Kira. I joined Verity in early 2012 after a seven-year stint as a newspaper reporter. While I never thought my career path would veer off in this direction, I am loving my time at Verity. I recently moved from being a member services representative at the Alderwood Branch to being the marketing coordinator for the credit union.

I’m originally from Texas, but I have lived all over the country and the world, including Boston, Massachusetts, Anchorage, Alaska and Sydney, Australia. But in all my travels, the Pacific Northwest is the only place that has felt like home.

When not at work, I am usually home with playing with my son, husband, dog and three cats. During the rare times I don’t have a to-do list to plow through (and it’s not raining too hard), I can be found digging in the vegetable garden, training for a half-marathon, or grilling in the backyard.

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