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Libraries Transform

Happy National Library Week! Today is also National Library Workers Day! Here at Lit & Love Blog, we owe so much of our  lifestyle and sanity to libraries and librarians!

This year’s American Library Association theme is “Libraries Transform.” Both Sarah and I have definitely been transformed and raised upon the carpeted floors and towering stacks of a library. Sarah’s lovely mother was a librarian, and constantly brought home new worlds and new adventures for Sarah to become lost in.

For me, I could have used the shelves as a measuring chart, marking little pencil marks on the sides of the beige, metal shelves. I grew up down the street from my library, and my mother–who would eventually also work in a library–and I would walk there multiple times a week to check out new books or participate in one of their many programs. I volunteered there in high school (I was a pretty accomplished Strega Nona puppeteer), and tutored there in my first years of teaching. It’s my safe haven; it’s my home. The library remains essential to why I read, and the person I have become.

As an adult, every single day I use my library card. I am so lucky that my library, The Cuyahoga County Public Library, has an amazing digital collection where I download ebooks and audiobooks on my kindle constantly. It’s allowed me to read so much more, and without the fear of spending money on books that I would ultimately abandon.

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We encourage you to support your local library this week and every week. Here are some of our ideas:

  • If you haven’t done so already, sign up for a library card. You’ll be amazed by all they have to offer!
  • Once you have it, swipe that library card to get those books into circulation!
  • Sign up for a writing class or workshop.
  • Check out your libraries digital collection or movie/music resources.
  • Pop by a local book drive and rescue some books.
  • Start a book club! Many libraries offer book club sets with discussion questions.
  • Volunteer your time as a tutor or page.
  • Go to an author event or signing hosted by your library.
  • Take a child to a story time reading.
  • Take a technology, entrepreneur, or other class offered by your library.
  • Take some time to research your family’s history using a libraries genealogy resources.
  • Encourage the teen in your life to use their homework help resources.
  • Donate your favorite book so that someone can fall in love with it like you did.
  • Donate your least favorite book so that someone can love it when you never could.
  • Read, read, read, read…and encourage others to do so as well!

Libraries are really all about community. So take some time this week to reconnect with yours 🙂

Lit & Love,

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Check out the American Library Association for more ideas and ways to get involved here.

How do you connect with your library? Comment Below

In the mood to celebrate? Check out our National Poetry Month Celebration with original poetry such as Digital Breadcrumbs.

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2 thoughts on “Libraries Transform

  1. Hi Amy! I definitely agree on the amazing experiences that libraries offer. (If only more people took advantage of them!) And the Cuyahoga County Public Library has been good to me, too. I love my books and movies, and my library card has definitely seen a few miles as well while feeding my habit.

    Keep fighting the good fight!

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