Posted by: Matt | April 20, 2007

Celebrate Libraries!

This week is National Library Week. Libraries played a pretty major role in my upbringing. My mother has worked for a county library system since I was 9 years old. When we were younger, my sisters and I would occasionally go to work with my mom during our summer breaks. We’d spend time reading and looking around the library, and when that got boring, we’d go next door to the 7-Eleven for Slurpees or the Dairy Queen for Blizzards. My mom, of course, is a big advocate of the library system. Every election she worries about whether they will get the funding they need. Unfortunately, it seems like people vote against libraries often.

Needless to say, I find it important to support the library. I still try to keep a balance between purchasing and borrowing now that I am buying more books. Over the last month I have been reading 3 books at a time. One of the 3 books is always from the library. I don’t want to get away from making use of the library. It is a wonderful resource. We are lucky to live in a place where the libraries have a large selection. They have nearly every book on my TBR list. They are not always quick to receive new books, but I have so many books on my list I can always read another while I’m waiting.

How are you celebrating National Library Week?



  1. I’m celebrating National Library Week by walking with my kids to our local branch, and hanging out there. Our neighborhood branch was almost taken away by the L.A. library system–they are upgrading, and they wanted to build a bigger library to serve a wider area around us, and to provide more parking. Sounds okay, but though our neighborhood library is small, it’s in a historic building, and we didn’t want to have it moved farther away, out of walking distance, just to provide parking. Our neighborhood protested, and won–we get to keep our lovely library. So our family will walk to our newly saved local library to celebrate this week!

  2. I’m glad your neighborhood won! It doesn’t seem that things like that happen very often. And it sounds like you have a wonderful way to celebrate National Library Week!

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