In honor of National Library Week, StoryCorps has dedicated this week to a series called “Love Letters to Libraries.” If you’re not familiar with StoryCorps, it is an organization whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Here is a link to StoryCorps – besides “Love Letters to Libraries” StoryCorps is full of amazing heartwarming (and sometimes heartbreaking) stories. Check it out! https://storycorps.org/national-library-week/
This got me wondering what *my* love letter to libraries would say. Would it be my first memory of going into a library (Frothingham Free Library in Fonda) with my mom and leaving with a stack of 4 or 5 books (that I read in a couple of days, most likely)? Spending hours perusing books (and using the card catalog!) at school? Or being allowed to go to the “big kids” library when I was in 5th or 6th grade? Whatever it would say, my love of books and buildings full of books has always been a part of my life.
I don’t remember “learning” to read, I just always could (not like learning to tie my shoes – I definitely had a learning curve with that!). I would read anything I could get my hands on. Our house was always full of books, my parents definitely instilled a love of reading in all of us, and my sister and I would often fight over reading the cereal box when we were eating breakfast before school (cereal boxes aren’t as exciting to read these days as they were back then…)
Being on the board of our library is a privilege and an honor to me – I love being able to support it, to let people know about us, and to work hard to do my part and nurture our library and community to grow. Thank you all for supporting us, and we can’t wait until we can be open again!
Don’t forget, we have a Little Free Library on the sidewalk in front of our building, our wi-fi is on and accessible from the parking lot, and we offer a bunch of online resources!!
Tell us, what does your love letter to libraries say?