I went to the library — and it was a big deal.

Monumentous. Surreal. These are not typically words one would use to describe the heretofore experience of going to the library. But as it has been 18 months since actually entering a library, it was all that and more.

Mask-clad, tentative yet eager, I pulled the heavy door open, saw a “five person maximum” sign, and walked toward two men talking…