Libraries and Life-Long Learning

By Diane G. 

I’ve loved libraries for as long as I can remember. I learned to read at a very early age (my mom still wonders if I taught myself!), and I don’t think my parents’ bank account could have kept up with how fast I went through books. I know they were thankful for the library just around the corner. New books, story-telling groups, book clubs and summer reading challenges; all are some of my favorite childhood memories.

And could I have made it through high school and college without great libraries, and librarians? It would have been a lot tougher…

Now I’m all grown-up and I use the library just as much, or more, than when I was younger. I love learning, and am always wanting to go back to school, but that’s not always practical as an adult. So a few years ago, I decided I was going to teach myself new things.

I started a project where I read a book about every country in the world, and cook a meal to go along with it. The library is there to help me research countries and authors, request books, and find recipes. I’ve even gotten involved with an international cooking group I found on the bulletin board at my local branch!

I will always value libraries. Without them, my world would be much, much smaller.

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