February is National Library Month

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

I’ve always loved libraries. From the time I was a little girl, the excitement of stepping into a room with shelves and shelves of books ranked at the top of my source of entertainment. I was a shy and overweight child, and books were my closest companions. When I finished selecting what I wanted to read, the stack was usually taller than me. Those books took me to real places all around the world and infused the love of story. Every new page was an adventure. Perhaps that’s where the seed took root for my tagline, “Expect an Adventure.”

And yes, love of story inspired me to write. But it began with the awe of exploring the world of reading. My first trip to a library was in my hometown, Bucyrus, Ohio.  Whenever I take a trip to Ohio, I have to drive past the library for a bit of nostalgia. A few years ago, I gave a writing workshop there. What a treat to serve where I first discovered books.

Over the years, our libraries have added music, movies, books on tape, and educational media for all ages. Many have entered the digital age. Computers and internet access are free to the public, and students of all ages can use the library’s resources. Our treasured books, old and new, are available in most libraries for e-readers.

Libraries are the core of a community. The doors are open to families from all cultures and backgrounds. These are meeting places for organizations and educational events.

Oh, yes, we still have to be quiet so others can concentrate.

Are you a patron of a local library? If not, now is the time for you to enjoy, explore, educate, and entertain the value of the written word.

What do you enjoy most about your local library?

DiAnn Mills



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