I've been a library person since I was very young. My parents took me to public libraries as a kid, and getting a library card was a big rite of passage. As a voracious reader, it's never taken long for me to become well-known at each library I've been closest to. I'm every librarian's fantasy and nightmare combined. I've hit the limits on checkouts and holds. I check out dozens of books at a time, while having requested dozens of books, while having a library TBR list full of hundreds of books, while having a Goodreads TBR list of even more hundreds of books. The librarians know my name, they often have an entire shelf full of holds for me, and they're glad when they have room on that shelf again. Unfortunately, I also have a habit of reading anywhere and everywhere: for example, while eating or in the shower. The librarians aren't so happy about that. I've had to pay for a few ruined library books in my time. But I absorb all them books through osmosis.
I've read thousands of books in my life already, and none of that would be possible without libraries. Who could afford even a tiny fraction of the books I've read? But with the library, I have access to a treasure trove of knowledge and entertainment. I would not be half the writer I am had I never read those books. I would not be the person I am today without those books, Thus, I am 100% behind supporting local public libraries. Also school libraries. Private libraries are pretty cool too, but the public ones are the important ones when it comes to accessibility.
Authors are hugely supported by libraries too. They make up a decent percent of sales, and library readership numbers help publishers decide which authors to continue publishing. (Both things that don't happen with pirated books. DON'T PIRATE!) Through the library, books get into the hands of a wide range of people who can recommend them, spread the word, and even buy their own copy (as I do with the ones that I really like.) Librarians are also just huge figures in the book industry. Seriously, they should be your best friends as readers and writers.
Basically, libraries are life-changing wonders that spread hope, education, and growth and that support society and should be supported by society in return. So today I, thought I'd share some tweets in support of libraries. Enjoy!
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