I was nine years old the first time I stepped foot in a library. It was the Russell Memorial Library on Main Street in Acushnet, MA, and I was with my friend, Elaine Craven. We were both wearing our Brownie uniforms, having just come from a Girl Scout meeting at the Methodist Church down the hill. As a condition of getting my first library card my mother would let me take home only one book at a time. I borrowed The Bartletts of Box B Ranch and finished reading it that night.