There’s something both soothing and stimulating about bookstores and libraries. I think it’s the quiet combined with the endless possibilities waiting behind each cover.
Here in Korea, however, the experience isn’t quite the same because, as it turns out, it’s not so fun to hang out with books you can’t read.
I did some research on local libraries to find one that seemed somewhat interesting. I figured if I couldn’t read the books, at least I could enjoy the environment. That’s when I learned about Halla Library. In addition to being beautiful, it has English books! Unfortunately, the library is about an hour’s drive away, and the English section closes at 6 p.m., so I didn’t have time to make it there after school.
Luckily, I then heard about a children’s library located near my apartment. It’s called the Miracle Library because it was built using only donations. I was intrigued, so I decided to check it out.
If I were a kid, I would hang out this library all the time. It’s really small, but the architecture is playful and artistic, and there’s a large playground outside.
But since I’m not a kid, I felt a little out of place. I walked around self-consciously for a bit before stopping at the display of oversized English books. I began reading through them, hoping to get ideas for my after school class. One book was especially engaging, but about half way through, something went awry. A page had been torn out and taped back in the wrong order, which completely messed up the story.
I took the book to the woman at the front desk and used my excellent miming skills to explain the problem. After about five minutes, she understood, thanked me and fixed it. And with my good deed done, I decided it was time to leave.
Of course, now my desire to feel the soothing stimulation of a room full of (English) books has been heightened. Looks like I’ll need to take a trip to Halla library soon.
Did you make it to a library today?
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