I am a huge fan of the library. In one of my past lives if I were traveling solo on a business trip, I’d try to find a community library to visit during my downtime. It made me feel more “at home” than eating room service in my hotel room. My parents fanned the flames of my library -love by taking me to the children’s room at our local library when I was just learning to read. The first book I ever checked out on my own library card was about the friendship between a pig and a little girl. (I guess it was a precursor to Charlotte’s Web?) And I remember feeling quite grown up when I “graduated” to the stacks.
To this day I can easily get lost for hours in our town library. The library is more than just a book repository. It’s a welcoming port in a storm — when Super Storm Sandy hit and some communities lost power for over a week, the libraries were one of the places you could go to get warm and charge your phone. Checking in with your neighbors is as much a part of library life as checking out books.
And in addition to “big” community libraries there is the grass-roots, “little” library movement. Check out these pop-up libraries at Little Free Libraries. Paper and ink books are still important — not just to the individual reader, but to the community at large. And I can’t think of a better way to make and strengthen connections than debates and discussions over characters and stories.
So please support your library — be it big or small. Visit often and bring a friend with you. I’ll meet you there.