>A lot of people I adore are librarians. Not coincidentally, the
library was one of my favorite places when I was a wee lass. At
various ages, I loved the summer reading club, the blocks, the story
hour, and the librarians who ran it all. Once I was at the library
when a tornado hit, and I was so excited to see all the books they had
in the off-limits basement area in which patrons and staff took
Anyway, when I first moved to NYC, the library system overwhelmed me.
Only in the past two years or so did I really turn to the library for
books instead of sitting in Barnes & Noble for hours or buying used
books. Now that I "get" it, I realize what an amazing system it is.
Cardholders can order a book from a distant branch and have it
delivered to one near them. Books can be renewed online, too.
Today I even discovered that one of the Manhattan branches is open
three days a week from 8 am to 11 pm. In economically hard times,
libraries are often lifelines for people. It swells me with pride to
know that my city library system is finding a way to deliver services
rather than cut them.
All libraries - and the people who staff them - are awesome. Thanks
for all the hard work!
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