In celebration of National Library Week, April 10-16, 2011, we've asked everyone in our community to write their stories about libraries and books. Read all the stories.
If you would like to write your own story, see the Create Your Own Story form for more information.
by Sarah - age 29
When I was a little girl, I was really into genre fiction, especially fantasy, but I didn't make it to the library because of weird districting issues. But, when I was an undergraduate, I took a student job in the little library that served our campus. My task, among other things, was to put the call numbers on the new books. Because it was a smaller campus, and because I was the only one doing my job, I touched nearly every book that came into the library. It wasn't too long before I was swayed by books with titles like "A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian" and "Freakanomics" and "Kalpa Imperial" and "A History of the African-American People (Proposed) by Strom Thurmond, as told to Percival Everett & James Kincaid (A Novel)." The doors to stories of all kinds were blown open and soon, I felt like it was worth wandering from the one bookshelf in the library to go and make friends with ALL THE BOOKS! Today, I am just as likely to read nonfiction as fiction, literary novels as escapist ones, and graphic novels on any subject at all.
Thanks, libraries! I'll never be stuck for something to read again!
April 13, 2011
Monroe County Public Library, Monroe County, Indiana ° (812)349-3050
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