Maddy goes to the Library

           Yes that's a terribly cheesy title, but it totally goes with this post so deal with it! Lol. Moving along, I took Maddy to the library! I have to admit I haven't been to the library in years. When I was a kid, I spent almost every day there. I grew up with 4 sisters so books were always my friend and the library was my escape from a house full of women.  

         Sorry I ramble at times. 

        So Maddy tells me she wants to go to the library to get a book and I was so excited! She wants to read! She's been reading everything in sight for a while now, but the library is a completely different animal! I definitely want her absorb more from books than TV. 

Disclaimer: All photos taken with iPhone 7  


Benjamin L Hooks Central Library

Benjamin L Hooks Central Library

          First thing first, this library is freaking impressive! I'm not sure how long it's been open but it's very modern. I have a thing for glass and it certainly has plenty of it. Oh btw, it's also my first trip to this library. I found out this was not Maddy's first trip, so shout out to her mom for taking her first!


         This structure is an architect's dream! Love the staircase and exposed elevator in the main lobby. Check out all that tempered glass!! 

She's officially a card carrying reader! 

She's officially a card carrying reader! 

       The process of getting a library card was really simple and straightforward.  Just show ID, fill out some paperwork and magically you are given a library card. They ran my library history to see if I had any outstanding balances. They didn't catch that I never returned Charlotte's Web from 4th grade! Yeah I'm a bit of a gangsta.

Pro tip: The library cards are free to all Memphis and Shelby County residents. 


          I asked Maddy what book she had in mind and she said she didn't know. Luckily for me she found something quickly and spared my afternoon of waiting on her to find a book. She was so excited about her book and started reading as soon as we got in the car. 


         I enjoyed our little adventure to the library. Mainly because she was so excited she was about reading and wanting the responsibility of holding her own library card. Any break from the iPad and Disney Channel is always a great thing to encourage as well. Maddy's mother and I are trying to teach her to be a bit more responsible and I hope she really does take care of the book she got.  The real test is seeing if the book will actually be returned on July 15th! 

Go check out the library's webpage at for more info about libraries close to you and all the great summer things they have for students to do. 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.