Libraries have always held a special place in my heart. It was one of the first places I remember visiting as a child. I used to go to “school” at the library (they had a class once or twice a week) and I would go with my brother and cousins. I remember really LOVING it. We would sing songs, work on a craft project, read, listen to the teacher read us a story and have snacks. Basically, it was an one hour preschool class at the library in the 80’s when kids didn’t really go to preschool and kindergarten was only a half day. I think my favorite part was getting to fill my bag with free books to take home and read til my heart’s content. I still get mildly giddy when I think about going to the library. All those books are free for me to read and take home and enjoy?! It still slightly blows my mind. I’ve always made it a point to explore the library first thing when I move somewhere. I even try to search out the local library when I go on vacation or somewhere to visit. It makes me feel grounded and I feel a sense of community around me. Plus, they are oftentimes beautiful places to explore. Einstein was right about a lot of things (you know, science-y stuff) but I think that the greatest words he spoke were, “The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.” Here is a whole Wikipedia article about the history of libraries and I found it fascinating.
So I thought it would be fun to share some ways to celebrate in your own community.
- Go to your library and borrow books
- Sign up for a library card
- Write a note thanking your local library, librarian, or library worker
- Spread the word on social media (using the hashtags #NationalLibraryWeek and #LibrariesTransform
- Donate books, time, or money to your local library
- Participate in the Friends of the Library book sales, or other book sales that your library puts on
- Listen to audiobooks using Overdrive or Libby
- See if your library has a book club and join it
Do you love your local library? Are you planning to/did you celebrate your libraries this week? Let me know here or over on Instagram!
“The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.” -Einstein