Tales from the Fiction Section: The Story of my Birth

Tales from the Fiction Section: The Story of my Birth

Back in April I promised I’d tell you more about how I was born in a library.¬†Well, here it is, my library birth story.

The Old Library

My mother was the Library Director for the Fullerton Public Library for years. She was the director well before I was born and only stepped down from that role this past year (I’m 34 to give you a bit of time perspective).

This library has been part of my life since I was born. It’s an understatement to say it has a special place in my heart.


This is what the Fullerton Public Library looked like when I was born.

Tales from the Fiction Section: The Story of my BirthThe building was in better condition back then.

The book drop was positioned right outside the big red door. When you went in there was a flight of stairs, then you’d enter the door to the left. My mom had a huge desk. It was years before I could look over the top of it. I could map out the location of each section, none of which were very big considering it was a small town library, but to me as a kid, it was huge.

I heard a rumor that this old Carnegie Library will be torn down in the near future. With the broken windows, old electricity, heating and air, and deteriorating wood throughout the building, possible mold, as well as no easy way to make this building handicap accessible, it’s no wonder it’s lost its function.

Anyway, this was where I spent most of my days growing up. You could often find me helping out or doing homework here before or after hours. I frequently volunteered my time with story hour, summer reading, pulling old books, repairing books, covering books, stamping books, maintaining the card catalog (yes we had one of those back then) and so much more.

This seems like an odd place to be born, right? Well, don’t worry, this isn’t the building I was born in.

Due to its deteriorating condition the library was moved years ago, my best guess is around 1993 or 1994.

Where is the library now you may ask?

The New Library

Tales from the Fiction Section: The Story of my BirthWhen I was born this building was the hospital, then it became the Fullerton Public Library. That’s right, I was born in the building my mother now works in. The nursery where I slept after I was born is what became my mom’s office.

We joke I was born in the fiction section, but really I think I was born in the genealogy section. To me either would be fitting.

Since then I’ve moved away and I don’t have as much involvement with the library, though I do go down to do a presentation every now and then. My most recent was a summer reading presentation I did about geocaching. My mom still works there, though not in the capacity she did before.

As I mentioned before, the library always has had a place in my heart and it always will. Being a part of the local library, any library, is something I model to my kids.

It’s an amazing resource for fun, leisure and education. Plus, we have the bonus of a fun story to share for years to come.

“A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.” ~Norman Cousins

Do you regularly visit the library? What is your favorite section? Tell me in the comments.


  • Julie Jordan Scott

    We have a Fullerton in California, too. I kept waiting to read when you had moved.

    I love libraries. They are sacred spaces to me. A book I am reading right now about the Nancy Drew writers shares how one of the original “Carolyn Keene” writers was so hungry for books when she was a child in the 1910’s and the only library was seven miles away from her (in Iowa) and she couldn’t get a ride there…. so she read literally anything. Anything she found lying around.

    My favorite section in the library changes, but I love letters and diaries from past writers, especially women. I could spend days just thumbing through them, reading for quote possibilities and wisdom. I love the friendly (almost blog like!) tone in the voices of these women, some of whom are long gone.

    Every once in a while I will treat myself to an afternoon at the library. I will take out a bunch of poetry books and literally get word-drunk. I’ve made some good poet friends this way… on the stacks, between the pages.

    Great post, Mary. Long live the library!!
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    • Mary

      We know all to well about Fullerton California. Often we’re mistaken for that place in the news when someone from our little town does something awesome, lol. I really should treat myself to an afternoon at the library without the kids. I love having them there with me, but it’s impossible to look for things for me when they are so friendly. They’ll talk *loudly* to everyone and anyone, lol.

    • Mary

      Oh my gosh, my life has just been one crazy story after another, lol. Someday we’ll sit down for some drinks and share life stories.

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