Earlier in the week it was reported that the people protesting to keep Carnegie Library open would continue their sit-in until they were forced out. Such strong, open love for this library got us thinking about what libraries mean to us now and when we were kids.
Our school library was a refuge from bullies, the cold playground and a door into imagination.
Our college library was a place of quiet where we could research and study, where we could hide from our stressed-out peers.
Our university library was a place to be challenged. A place of higher thought and of books we’d never even dreamed existed.
Our local library? Well, that was the place where we grew up. Where we learned to think, argue, imagine and grow into who we are today. We don’t know who we’d be without our libraries.
But we’ve been bookish since birth and our response seemed rather expected, so we took to Twitter:
Were libraries important to you as a kid? Share with us your best memories of your libraries!
— Maximum Pop! Books (@maximumpopbooks) April 4, 2016
That’s a pretty convincing percentage, right? Especially when you take into consideration that there may have been even more library supporters than this result shows:
@maximumpopbooks Unmm so there's no undo button. Touchscreen phone disaster
— ANAMI (@AnamiAndBooks) April 4, 2016
It turns out that libraries provided a refuge and a safe space for MP!ers too. They allowed people to read even when they couldn’t afford to.
@maximumpopbooks I used to go into the library and read a full book without buying it when I had no money!
— lu (@OCEANOBRlEN) April 4, 2016
They set readers on their future careers:
@maximumpopbooks It was my favorite place as a kid & i'm so very happy to work there as a volunteer now & help people find their next book!
— Sjoukje (@kouk84) April 4, 2016
They allowed parents and kids to share something they love:
@maximumpopbooks I went regularly with my mom. I always did the reading programs and every librarian knew my name.
— island of not feeling (@_TheSheShe) April 4, 2016
They trained some of our favourite bloggers in the art of book hoarding:
@maximumpopbooks Libraries are entirely responsible for my love of reading. My mum would take me every week and I'd borrow 9 books at a time
— Rae (@_sectumsemprah) April 4, 2016
We just hope that the kids of the future will get the chance to experience and fall in love with libraries in the way that we did.
Keep sharing your favourite memories of your libraries with us @maximumpopbooks!
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