Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood on the Magic of Libraries

The library was magic.

Well I was a very early reader, but I lived up in the north woods, except in the winters when I lived in cities.

And in the city, you could have a library. You could have a library at your school, and you could also have a little regional branch of the Toronto Public Library System.

So I used to go to the Deer Park Library in Toronto with my little library card when I was nine, and it was still when they stamped the library card. And you could get out two books, and then you had to bring them back and get another two.

So that was magic because when you're up in the woods, there are books, but once you've read them you can't get any more. So I was a great frequenter of that little regional library.

 

Library Name: 

Deer Park Public Library