Regional Libraries for Education Reference
My parents have been telling me about that for quite some time but I usually for some keys reasons; (the main being I am lazy) used to keep postponing it. Plus, it is not easy to convince my younger sister to do something she doesn’t like. Only I can understand all the bribing and convincing arguments that I have to put before her and agree to all her conditions before I can get her to do something.
This time it was about taking her and telling about the regional libraries, a place she finds boring. Yes, two sisters completely opposite of each other; heard it often right? Well, trust me it is not easy having a younger stubborn sister completely opposite of you. Especially when your parents want you to be the ideal role model for her.
Every time I get this lecture on responsibilities from them
I go blasting inside which for obvious reasons I can’t show outside. While I and my sister mostly want different things; this time like my parents I also wanted her to go the regional library and share my passion for the regional educational and reference books there.
My younger sister is in 5th standard and like every child of this generation she is already tech-savvy. She also knows all her ways through a Smartphone, iPad, and laptop. As well as every gadget that we have in our home. I, on the contrary, was born in a time when kids used to read comics, play all sort of outdoor games. Yes, at that age technology was an alien concept to me. Growing up, the regional libraries were my favorite place. By the time I was in 5th standard; I was reading or try to read all sort of books I can get my hands on.
Well, that was me, and now it’s my sister who at the same age has never completely read a single page of a book. Given her school studies and extracurricular activities, she has never ever stepped inside the school library. So, one fine Monday my mother decided it was high time she should start reading and as the story goes for the elder ones; I was given that task. It took me five chocolates and half-an hour of her playing games on my Smartphone to get her to the regional library that day.
When we got to the regional library
As I entered, the head librarian as usual smiled and nodded his head. My sister hadn’t reacted anything now which was a good sign. There were high chances that she will get bored and throw a tantrum of going back home. But till now she was looking all around the place and was occupied with her thoughts. So before she made her mind and decide against it, I resolved to ask her questions; and get her curiosity high but then there she was, “Why do you like this place so much, there is nothing happening here?” she asked sharply. I took time to evaluate all the possible answers that would keep her there. Then replied, “Because it is like treasure hunt!” I knew what was coming next.
The next hour I spend answering her millions questions about how I look for different kinds of treasure in different books. As well as how much more valuable the regional education treasure is; compared to the virtual coins. I told her how the reference from the regional library has helped me to know more than anybody else in my class. For some time she listened silently and then, “Why the regional library, we have internet at home!”
She was smart and intelligent
I looked at her and replied, “Yes, but these books in the regional library are mostly contributed from the state people and communities, some of the books are very rare and cannot be found on the internet or some other library. It’s like a treasure found at one place only. When I had to read or write something different; I used the references from these books only.” She looked around again but this time she asked if there was a treasure for her in any book?
The head librarian who was watching us both, now came up to her and said, “Here take this book, look for yourself what you find.” She beamed at me and took the book.
That was her first book.