I began helping at the small settlement house library when I was 10 years old. The library was only open 3 days a week and the librarian allowed me to past in the checkout slips when they were full. My " love affair " with libraries began then and I am retiring at 84 having spent over 50 years as a nonprofessional, paraprofessional and finally a professional in a university library. I have worked in a main public library, a branch library, a grade school & high school library and a one person corporate library. I love the academic environment and expect to volunteer at my neighborhood library after retirement. I eat, drink and speak libraries!! Even my spices are arranged in alphabetical order.