This is the story of an eternal gift that edifies millions, gives hope to thousands, and pushes generations towards betterment. This is the story of libraries.
I've been a library person since I was very young. My parents have been taking me to public libraries for as long as I can remember. Getting a library card was a big rite of passage. And since then, I've become quite famous, at whichever library I'm closest to, for being a book hound.
Basically, I'm every librarian's fantasy and worst nightmare combined. I check out as many books as I possibly can at one time, while having requested as many books as possible at one time, while having a library list full of as many books as the list can hold, while having a Goodreads TBR list behind it. They know my name, they have a shelf full of books for me, and they're glad to have room on that shelf again. Unfortunately, I have a terrible habit of reading anywhere and everywhere, for example, while eating, or in the shower. Because I absorb books. Through osmosis.
I've read thousands, maybe millions of books in my lifetime already, and none of that would be possible without libraries. I mean, I can't even afford a tiny fraction of that many books. But with the library, I have access to so, so many books. I would not be half the writer I am had I never read all those books. I would not have half the knowledge rattling around in my brain right now without them. I would not be the person I am today without those books, and so I am 100% behind supporting local, public libraries. Also school libraries. Also, private libraries are pretty cool too, but the public ones are the big deal when it comes to general, free access.
Also, authors are really supported by libraries. Libraries make up a huge percent of sales, and then the books get spread to a wide range of people who can recommend them, spread the word, etc., and may even buy their own copy (as I do with the ones that I really like.) Librarians are also just huge, huge people in the book industry. Seriously, they should be your best friends, as readers and writers.
End point being, libraries are the bomb, man. And so today I thought I'd share some Tweets in support of libraries. Enjoy!
What about you? What do you have #BecauseOfTheLibrary?
Thanks for reading, guys, and I'll see you next time for a Pinterest post!
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