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I Heart Libraries

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Thanks to the influence of my parents, I am a proud bibliophile.

Geographically, my childhood home was in a weird place. The back property line was Frederick County, Maryland. An eighth of a mile south was Montgomery County, Maryland. Two miles north of my home was Carroll County, Maryland. The house was located in Howard County, Maryland. We didn’t have video games, online frivolities, or cable television.

To some, my childhood would have been considered deprived. {{snort}}

I was rich beyond measure. Why?

Because I had the Howard County Bookmobile stopping at my house. And library cards to TWO additional counties (Carroll and Montgomery). I had a lot of book swagger as a kid. :)

An historic storefront, it had spiral staircases and two floors of stacks. Heaven!!

The Damascus branch of the Montgomery County Public Library was located in another storefront. I will say, returning a book to the wrong county delivered the pained, yet stern, glower of ‘WHY?’ from the librarian on duty. Both of these libraries moved to their own building after I left for college.

Why am I skipping down memory lane? Because of this Campbell County Public Library cartoon was posted by the Stephen H. King.

Some of my best childhood memories involve public libraries. With reading programs for all ages, public libraries serve the community. They are a port in the storm, sometimes literally (2012’s Hurricane Sandy).

Libraries are safe harbors for children, adults, and senior citizens. They are a portal to the wider world when thing seem overwhelming and disheartening. The public libraries know how to stretch a penny until it appears that miracles have happened. They educate and entertain, providing a stable and safe place to explore the world.

As community hubs, libraries provide invaluable connections for members of the communities they serve. If you aren’t visiting your local library, start. Go visit and see what new things you can learn, you won’t regret it.

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