I did something this week that I haven’t done in a while: took my work to the library. I had a couple of appointments in an area and decide that it would be more productive if I didn’t run home in between the appointments so I brought some work with me and decided I would work at the library in between appointments and errands. As I worked I watched the comings and goings of people of all ages. I watched parents and kids get excited about the books they could check out, heard librarians helping visitors find books and movies, and listened to the librarians make plans for how they could better organize their collection of materials to better serve their community.
It all reminded me how important something like a library is to the local community. It’s a place where people of all ages are and can learn from each other. It’s a place where you can work and learn. It’s a place where kids who don’t have grandparents can see seniors and learn that they’re not scary. It’s a place where kids can have instilled in them an appetite for learning, knowledge, curiosity, creativity and growth. It’s a place where teens can come with their friends and learn how to respect others while still hanging out with their friends. It’s a place where groups can come together to learn about different crafts or historical events or hear from local authors. It’s a safe, warm, dry place to go when you need a break from your life.
If you haven’t been to the library recently I encourage you to go visit and bring the kids along as well. You can save a lot of money on movies and books for them (and yourself) and keep them entertained for hours. If you can make a donation of books that your kids don’t read anymore or have outgrown or make a donation to their Friends of the Library fund (it’s tax deductible!). What do you love most about your local library?