Books, Books, Books

Why I Love the Library

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It is my cathedral, my temple, my haven.

It’s the hush that welcomes me at the front door. It’s the quiet clicking of computer keys and the hushed chatter of a librarian helping a patron.

It’s the slightly louder response of a person whose bag is bulging with the details of daily life, his disheveled appearance not at all off-putting to the librarian who accepts whoever walks in the door.

It’s the Possibility!

Do I want to learn how to write a business plan? Read a novel that interweaves history, romance and social justice? Build a birdhouse? Discover what people wore in the 1500’s?

Looking for a job? They can help discover openings and research the company.

Those librarians know the right way to search for every question you can imagine.

And then some.

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It is all there.

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human Soul –

– Emily Dickinson

It is all available.

It’s hope. It’s opportunity.

It’s open to all.

It is what a church was meant to be.

Visit one and drop a donation online or in person.

By Catstrav

Reindeer handler. NDT tech. Mother of four. Aspiring astronaut.


  1. This is Bethany’s dream location. We love our library. I would say the Darien Library is the hub of the town. I completely agree.. exponential possibility. I haven’t bought a book for years. I just go there, ask questions, and then follow. And by the way, not only by myself, but with my book group, and periodically with the entire town (when we do a town read). This has been so healthy for me because it has gotten me to read tons of books I never would have picked up on my own!

  2. Yes!
    I love the One Town, One Book series and got to hear the author of “The Song Poet” after reading it in MN, where she lived. So enlightening.So powerful-those shared stories.

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