In Writing

nyc public libraryI know a ton of librarians. I first went to the librarian convention in Philly the winter before my book came out. Here’s what I learned about them: librarians are some happy people. And how could they not be? They get to hang around books all day. I’ve heard it time and again from librarians from all over the country and around the world: that moment you connect a child to the perfect book for them, and then they come back a week later begging to find everything by a particular author, or in that same genre, is unparalleled in terms of job satisfaction.

That’s why when I came across this article I link to below while researching my “Little Free Library” piece, I knew I had to share it with you. The author calls it a “photographic love letter” to libraries. Actually, even the title of the article is bad-ass: “The Public Library: A Photographic Love Letter to Humanity’s Greatest Sanctuary of Knowledge, Freedom, and Democracy.” If you love books, it will make you so very happy.

Pictured above is one of my very favorite library spaces, the reading room in the main branch of the New York Public Library. I used to head into the city as a teenager just so I could study in so majestic a room. The day I sat on a packed panel in a room in that same building nearly thirty years later was one of the proudest of my life.

Click here for this awesome collection of library pictures.

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