The best way to love your library is to use it | Life

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Sounds simple, right? Everyone loves a library – the picture books, the programs, the comfy chairs, the quiet, the air conditioning, the crafts, the community. It’s a place to meet your neighbors or even meet them for the first time. It’s a place to get involved — to learn, grow and fit in.

For these reasons, I am often asked the sweetest questions: “How can I support the library? or “What can I contribute?” In fact, I find library patrons to be very good at expressing gratitude, and for their continued generosity, I am grateful to them as well. Except there’s something I wanted to tell them. The best way to love your library is to use it.

For example, if you’ve ever had three books in your hand and you thought, “I should just grab one because I don’t want to be greedy,” I say, “Be greedy!” If you’ve ever wondered, “Can I read children’s books as an adult or is that silly?” I say, “be silly!” If a child has complained, “I can’t choose just one,” I tell him, “Don’t do them.

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