The children’s library was like a treasure cave, but instead of gold, diamonds and rubies, it was filled with books. She stood at the entrance, her mouth a round “o” of disbelief.
The librarian came forward. “ Welcome to the children’s room. Do you have a library card?”
The girl tore her eyes away from the bulging shelves to stare at the librarian. She was smiling at the girl.
She could not find her voice. She shook her head.
“Good, I’m so glad I can help you today. Step over to my desk and we will get you all set, ok?”
The girl, still speechless, nodded once and followed the librarian back to her desk in the middle of the room.
“I’m Miss Brown. What’s your name?”
“Ava,” the girl finally answered.
“Ava is a pretty name. And your last name?”
“Jensen. Ava Louise Jensen is my name.”
“Pleased to meet you Miss Ava Louise Jensen. Do you know your address?”
“Yes, I live at 6917 17th Ave, Hyattsville, Maryland 20783.”
“Excellent, you even know your zip code, what a smart girl. Now please print your name on your library card.”
Tucking her tongue between her teeth, Ava gripped the pencil tight and slowly printed her full name in her best handwriting.
Miss Brown watched with amused eyes.
“Well, Miss Ava, this is your library card. You may check out three books today. Would you like some assistance?”
Ava nodded shyly as Miss Brown came out from behind her desk and took Ava by the hand. Together they explored the vast shelves. Miss Brown would ask a question, then pull a book from the stacks and hand it to Ava.
“Are you pleased with your choices? Miss Brown asked.
“Oh, yes,” Ava answered her arms full and her eyes shining with excitement.
Ava went back to the desk and presented her library card to Miss Brown.
As she scooped up her books, Miss Brown called,
“See you next week, Ava.”
“See you tomorrow Miss Brown,” Ava said confidently as she walked out of the library, sat down on the steps and opened the first book.