I’m so glad to see the public libraries beginning to open up.

Reading has always been one of my greatest pleasures. It’s so relaxing to get lost in a book for a few hours.

I know you can read books online but this is one of those areas where I’m most definitely “old-school.” I prefer holding a book in my hands to read it.

Same with a newpaper and magazine. I want to hold them in my hads and read them.

My favorite books have always been mystery books.

I think this first began when I as a child and I read Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon mystery books.

I still have some of those books in my collection. I almost got rid of some years ago but my Nanny Clark told me to hold on to them. I’m so glad that she did. I treasure them now.

I remember the excitement of going to Harper’s in downtown Commerce and heading to the back of the store to buy the latest Nancy Drew or Trixie Beldon book with my allowance.

No cell phone or video games for us back then. My biggest thrill was getting a new book and some Fred Flinstone stickers at Harper’s.

I still enjoy reading mysteries with thrillers and suspense books being among my favorites. That’s always the section of the library I head to first.

Like I said, the libraries being closed has been one of the things I’ve missed most during the shut-downs.

While the libraries are starting to open up, it looks like the in-person summer reading programs are being replaced by virtual programs.

I always enjoyed going to the summer reading programs at the Nicholson Public Library when I was a child.

While these virtual programs may not be exactly the same as an in-person experience, they will be a nice replacement for kids.

I checked out a few of the programs this week and they are interactive and will keep the kids entertained. You can have story-time. You can even follow along and do the crafts.

It’s great to see how everyone has embraced the virtual world we are living in now.

While it is working, I hope we return to the in-person experiences as soon as possible. You can’t replace that feeling of being together and making crafts, enjoying a book with your friends and having snacks!

Angela Gary is an editor with MainStreet Newspapers. She can be reached at angela@mainstreetnews.com.

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