I’m a few days late with this (aren’t I always?), but National Library Week started Sunday, April 8! Through April 14, libraries across the country are celebrating… being awesome, I suppose. This year’s theme is “You belong @ your library,” to remind people that a library is a place where everyone belongs!
That’s really the great thing about libraries — that they are for anyone. Old, young, rich, poor, gay, straight, handsome, ugly, the library doesn’t care! It’s there for anyone who wants to learn, and that is really wonderful. I’ve had a library card since I was nine, and it has served me well the last 12 years! I’ve read dozens of fantastic books, done research for school assignments, and even looked at some great art in my public library.
I believe reading and literacy are incredibly important, and I am so thankful to live in a place that provides public access to books. Knowledge is power, and people gain knowledge from reading! I love that anyone can walk into a library and find a book on (nearly) any topic. Fascinated by the stars in the night sky? There’s a book for that. Curious about the mysteries of dream interpretation? There’s a book for that. Trying to prepare yourself for parenthood? There’s a book for that. Hungry for a juicy, romantic thrill ride? There’s a book for that. All at your local library.
Not sure what book you’re looking for? Ask a librarian! They tend to be wonderful people who are eager to help you track down the resources you need. One of the librarians at my college library is always good for movie recommendations; the last two times I’ve checked out movies (High Fidelity and Captain America), he’s been super excited to talk about them (“Have you seen this? It’s amazing, you’re going to love it. Have you seen Thor?!”) and demand that I let him know what I thought about them after viewing. So friendly!
Today happens to be National Library Workers Day, so if you’re dropping by the library this evening ( I realize it’s already 5:30), make sure to let your library workers know how appreciated they are!