Libraries Provide Educational (and Creative) Resources for All

By Farah F. 

I was listening to an interview on NPR with Regina Spektor one summer, where she stated that libraries are sort of a level playing field for everyone. Everyone deserves the opportunity to learn, to enjoy books and film, music, and research. Libraries help keep our communities educated, and allow these resources to ALL.

When I was a kid, we didn’t have a decent internet connection. Our house was on 5 acres of land. But we were required to use the internet for our projects in school. Needless to say, the library helped me with this. Even in college, I would look up my grades, pay my tuition, and more, at the library if I was back home for break.

The library at my college was a favorite place to study. I enjoyed being able to grab some books to review, a coffee, and settle in a corner of the building.

And then comes my local library. I’d already been a regular user at my local library when I was laid off a few years back. While I was trying to save money, I spent a lot of time at the library…renting unique films or new books, instead of going out. The library also offers museum tickets, which is great! And, since I didn’t have a printer at home, I was able to print my resume and portfolio clips at the library.

So, yes, I have seen firsthand how a library offers opportunity and, I guess, fun, for all. No barriers!

Now, as I start volunteering with a literacy and performance group, we use the library a lot to find new stories to bring to children.

Long live libraries!

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