I have to give a hearty shout-out of congratulations to the fine people of the Chelsea District Library, who helped make our little library become Library Journal's choice for Best Small Library in America for 2008!
The new CDL opened in the heart of downtown in December 2006 following more than a year of construction. I went to the library during the grand opening celebrations and got my first library card in over 10 years. I can walk to the library from my house, and being able to do so brings back fond memories of my many childhood trips to the library in my hometown in California, when I used my bicycle to get from my house to the library. My bike had a large wire basket on the back and I would routinely return home with 10-15 books crammed into it. One week to 10 days later I would be back at the library, looking for more books to feed my insatiable reading appetite. I learned to read when I was 3 years old and I've never stopped.
Hooray for the Chelsea District Library! I have to give special props to my friend and fellow Smith College alumna Edith B. for being the most awesome youth and teen librarian ever!