“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” -Jorge Luis Borges
When I was growing up I lived within walking distance of my local library, and as you might expect, I spent many happy afternoons there discovering some of what are now my favorite authors: Laura Ingalls Wilder, and John Bellairs, then later on authors such as Robert Heinlein and Margaret Atwood. This was 25 years ago, but I can still remember exactly where to look to find Little House in the Big Woods, or The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
Libraries are the unsung heroes of our communities. It is libraries that give us the opportunity to read without judgment, discover new genres, and immerse ourselves in our favorite authors until they become a part of our DNA. After all, is there any better way to spend a long, hot summer day than curled up in a cool and quiet corner of the library, losing yourself in a new book?
This week is National Library Week, and we here at Reading Rainbow are thrilled to have the opportunity to show some of our love for libraries!