Tales From the City

Coming of age at the library

A story from the stacks in Mills.


When I was working at our small library in Millis, a little girl came up to the checkout desk with her mother. They had a large pile of books, and mom was digging around in her purse for her library card. The little girl told me it was her birthday. I told her that if she was at least 5 years old, she could get her own card. She turned to her mother and promptly asked whether she could. Mom said yes. The girl was so excited — we filled out the paperwork and she carefully printed her name on the new card. She proudly displayed it to the staff and everyone else. Then she turned to her mother and announced, “Today I’ve become a woman.”

Linda B. Stetson / Millis

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