Day 14: Shepherd’s Bush Library – He couldn’t stop smiling #30days30libraries

In Shepherd’s Bush Library today, I was handed a book.

It was a Thai phrase book and dictionary.

Its owner was a young child, perhaps not quite three.


I had just had a new library card issued (a process of less than three minutes) and was now sitting in the slightly spaceship-like work zone, on one of the computers that sat in a row.

The child toddled towards me and handed me the phrasebook and when I feigned delight, promptly went back to the shelves to bring me another.

He seemed giddy that there was an endless supply, sitting, waiting, to be passed over.

I believe we might still be there now, giving and receiving books, if his mother had not physically stopped him in the end.

“Thank you,” I told him, each time.

He didn’t speak back.

But he couldn’t stop smiling.


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