What to do when it’s cold outside?
Autumn is coming, after all. After an incredible summer and beautiful Indian summer, the days are getting shorter and the cold temperatures make us want to stay home. I’m looking forward to this. I love staying snug and warm, cozily wrapped in a blanket, a good book on my lap, and a cup of tea at my side. But let’s be realistic: In the daytime, the gripping thriller is a children’s book, and on my lap sits my daughter, carefully listening to the stories I tell. And that’s a wonderful thing. My moment of happiness.
Up to now, I used to read stories from my sister’s hand-me-down children’s books. But since we slowly but surely know them by heart, I figured it’s time for a change! So, I decided to visit the public library Baden for the first time after 30 years! I was looking forward to discovering what my family and I will find at the Stadtbibliothek Baden.
It’s been decades, since I last visited the Stadtbibliothek Baden – I don’t really know why. Certainly not because I don’t read. To the contrary, I read a lot, but I always used to buy the books. Actually, not that smart – after you finished the book, its only purpose is to adorn the bookshelf. Besides, sharing is caring.
So, the Stadtbibliothek it is. I remember when I went there as a kid: Standing with my mom in front of the towering shelves searching for Enid Blyton books. The old-fashioned room is empty, the air always a bit stale.
Same place, thirty years later. My daughter and I enter the Stadtbibliothek Baden and we are amazed. The library is buzzing. People of all ages sit at their laptops and work in the cozy and colorful café. Others browse through their selection of books, and some read the daily newspaper while enjoying their coffee.