Thursday, April 18, 2013

National Library Week -- Visit One Today & Grab Some Books

"We may sit in our library and yet be in all corners of the earth." ~ John Lubbock

When I served as an elementary school Library Assistant, Lubbock's quote hung near my desk. From within the walls of a library, patrons may travel any place, any time they desire. I used to tell my students, "Yes, it's that simple." Oh, how they'd grumble and moan when I took them on their annual non-fiction tour, but often times, I'd find them sprawled on the floor in those very sections during their visits.

"Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace, and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark... In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed." ~ Germaine Greer

I visit my local library weekly. By nature, I'm a rule follower, so I respect their need for order, quietness, and organization. (I've only had a late fee once. I swear.) 

As I meander down the aisles, I hear the soft whispers of the books from the shelves. Pick me, they say. I never leave without the ten-book limit clutched in my arms. Libraries are magical, enticing, captivating, and addictive.

For me... "A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life." Henry Ward Beecher

What do libraries mean to you?

The video "An Ode to Books" is beautiful. If you know a librarian, send this to them.

~Have a writerly week, y'all!


  1. I didn't know it was Library Week. Sadly I don't get to mine very often anymore.

  2. I love, love libraries. I just wrote a post about why they're so important to me on my other blog ( I believe, truly, libraries are one of the pillars of our culture offering free books, gifts of literacy, community support and a respite from the frenzied and noisy spaces of our world. Cheers to you for being a part of that culture!

  3. I loved hanging out in libraries when I was young, and even continued to borrow all the newest bestsellers when I was older. I'd go to a Manhattan NYPL branch on my lunch hour. As a matter of fact, I still have my old library card in my wallet! :-)

  4. I haven't been to a library in a very long time! Probably because the ereader is so convenient and affordable to read from. I miss it, though. I'm going to make a point to visit one soon. There's nothing like holding a physical book in your hands :)

  5. My company (an architectural firm) designs libraries---so I spend a lot of time looking for finishes and furniture that will suit a library's needs. I guess what a library means to me is what it, as a physical structure, can do for a reader, and how it can make a reader more comfortable, and keep them reading!

  6. I love libraries, but am finding less and less time to go...

    And with the spending cuts in my country, I find less and less reason too, because it's better to just go buy a book I want to read.

  7. I love taking my laptop and WRITING in libraries. Sadly, it's been a while since I've been in one.

  8. I have a pretty nice library down the street, which is such a peaceful place to write. I don't go as much as I'd like to as of late. But I'm looking forward for when my daughter starts reading so we can spend weekend afternoons there, hanging out and reading.