National Library Week

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Stuttgart Library in Germany

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

Book Haul

Our local library sale was this weekend and they are my absolute favorite. One, I volunteer with the Friends of the Library (who puts on the sale), so I get to see all the people that reap the benefits of our sorting, pricing, tagging and hauling. Two, we get to take home some fantastic books for a really low price. And three, public awareness is raised about how important public libraries are to our community. It’s a win, win, win, for everyone! So I thought I’d share my current book haul with all of you. See any good ones in this pile? I’m pumped to read them all, but particularly excited to read The Dog Stars, Witches of East End and Wildwood. I bought a few books that I’ve already read, and loved so it was great to find them and bring them home to be a part of my home library too! Does your local library have a book sale in your community? Have you found some treasures there? YAY for libraries and books!

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