I love libraries.
We live in a day and age in which many people doubt the usefulness of libraries. Some say that libraries are on their way out the door altogether. No one cares about reading. Libraries merely remain in existence because schools use them.
I know all of those statements probably hurt your heart as much they hurt mine. Readers know that libraries are far from dead. How could they be when we love them so deeply and frequent their beautiful rows on a daily, weekly, monthly basis?
Today, on the day we are meant to give thanks, I want to slow down and shows some appreciation to libraries. Here are just a few of the reasons I love my local library.
1. It motivates me to engage in the arts.
Every time I visit my library, I get an intense urge to write a novel. Seeing shelves and shelves of books written by people like me who love stories and words makes my writing dream feel more attainable. So usually, I find a seat and get to typing - whether on my phone or on my laptop. I put everything else to the side and push myself to make a little progress toward my goal.
Obviously, being around all of those books also makes me want to read every single one of them. I can't help myself: I usually check out 4-5 books knowing that I already have 2 current reads going (and 100 unread books on my shelf at home on top of that). The fact that there's no time to read all the books I check out, let alone all the books in that library, doesn't matter at all. What matters is my love for reading burns all the brighter between the shelves of my library. I let my whimsy take over. I check out all the titles that suit my fancy, and my life is so much more beautiful for it.
2. The atmosphere at my library is cozy and friendly.
There are tons of sitting areas and the librarians have always, always been friendly. Now, I will admit that I've met a few rude librarians in my lifetime, but not at this library. Those were isolated incidents regardless. My library offers the opportunity to be alone with all the books just by strolling back into the stacks, but also provides me with the sense of being one person in a large universe, one piece that fits uniquely into the larger puzzle. I love those combined feelings: alone and yet part of the big picture.
3. They. Have. Everything.
The library I'm a patron to now is absolutely huge. They have a section for every interest and an easy to use online catalog for finding exactly what I want (or ordering it from another library on the off chance that they don't!). I tend to frequent the YA and humanities sections, but I always take an opportunity to wander other sections if time allows. Getting lost in the stacks may sound cliche, but in a world where noise is so prevalent and encouraged, it's really nice to slip back into the quiet rows for a little while.
I've also been a patron at smaller libraries (like the one in my hometown) and even that tiny library had so many titles that are new to me and super interesting. My point is that not every library has to be huge to be lovable or have a good selection, but I am very grateful to have access to a large library.
Overall, libraries have added a lot of extra beauty to my life. I wouldn't take back a minute that I've spent at my library for anything.
There are dozens of other reasons that I love libraries, but now I'd like to hear yours! Share a positive memory or experience you had at your library in the comments and let's chat!
Poet. Reader. Lifelong Student.