The Madison Library has been special to me because of the senses that it brings. The smell of old and new books just waiting to be read. The feeling of peace and an imaginary escape from the world. The sound of pages turnings and small footsteps walking through the aisles of shelves. Seeing children ecstatic to scan their pile of books that seems impossible to finish in three weeks. All of the senses combined creates the library experience, which is irreplaceable.
I visited the Madison Library for the first time a few months ago when I wanted to get back into reading. I had not read a book for pure pleasure in a very long time. As a child I read multiple books a month, staying up way too late on school nights trying to finish them. When I first walked into the library, every employee I encountered was kind and helpful. They answered my many questions and walked me through the entire process of getting an account and the library policies. They showed me around and offered help to find a book that I would enjoy. The employees helped to create a special place in my heart for the library because of how comfortable they made me feel.
The best part is the experience of the library does not just stop there. It continues as you check out your books and get to disappear into the stories. You get to bring the library experience to your home, school, the bus, or wherever you choose.
The Madison Library is special to me because I know when I go that I will be greeted by kind employees, find a book that I enjoy, and get to experience all the wonderful feelings it brings.