For me, it’s all about the Community the library creates and holds together. From Story time with my kids, movie nights, free computer use, teen nights, to the book sales - the library is a safe, caring place full of love of learning that needs constant nurturing in all of our lives.
I have so many fond library memories growing up and now I’m experiencing them all again with my own children. I watched my 4 year old daughter’s face light up when she realized she can finally get her own library card, I heard her say every morning during the Summer Reading Program, “Mommy, I filled my reading list, let’s go get more books!” and I followed her around while she showed her little brother and sister the library and explained to them how “gentle” we are with books.
This is why I need my library - and my children do too.