And very teeny, tiny ones like this.
April 11-17, 2010 is National Library Week. Since 1958, the American Library Association (ALA) has sponsored National Library Week across America to promote the services and celebrate the value of libraries.
I worked for a library system for 11 years (head of public relations & partnerships) and volunteered for libraries for at least 20 years.
During National Library Week I often traveled to Washington DC to talk with our legislators to convince them to continue or enhance funding for libraries.
Every February or March, I did the same with state legislators, which is really important because most funding for libraries is at the state and local level.
Throughout the year I find answers, enlightenment and entertainment at the library for free.
Did I mention, I love libraries?
At a library I can go and take anything I want off the shelf and home with me for free.
If I want something that is not on the shelf, I can order it for free and they will let me know when it arrives for free.
I can also order my books online for free and they will be pulled and waiting on a special shelf for me for free.
All you need is a library card, which as you might have guessed is free! (Many libraries let you sign-up for your library card online for free.)
When I was a kid, libraries and bookmobiles were magic to me and transported me around the world, until I was able to go on my own.
And, even today when I sit with a pile of books at a long wooden table in a really big fancy library, I feel wiser and smarter and well, just plain cooler, for free.
Now that’s a deal.
Do you have a great library memory? I would love to hear it. Feel free to share.