“Robin, have you ever thought about opening a library?” That simple question, asked on a hot, muggy day in August 2001, changed the trajectory of my life and the lives of the families who would someday walk through my library door. My husband, 10-year-old son, and I were attending a living books gathering “on the back side of nowhere” in southwest Tennessee. One of the attendees was Michelle Miller Howard, owner of an incredible private library in Michigan and author of Truthquest History. While talking with Michelle about my book collection, numbering around 2000 at the time, she asked me this question…and my life has never been the same.
On June 8, 2008, Children's Legacy Library opened its doors as one of only a handful of homeschool lending libraries of living books in the nation. The library recently celebrated 10 wonderful years of putting thousands of living books into the eager hand and hearts of dozens of children.
Why was there not a celebration post on this long-neglected blog? Because our family has been in dire financial circumstances for some time and I knew the future of CLL was hanging in the balance.
I was in the library reshelving the mountains of books that had been returned, letting my mind wander over the 14 years since my dream of operating this library had come into existence. A thought suddenly struck me and I stood upright. I looked around me. Books on shelves, books on the floor, books in my hand...always in my hand. Where had this drive, this passion for the written word come from?