Kim Edwards

Kim Edwards: Libraries are terrific community gathering spaces

We didn't have a lot of money growing up, so to be able to go to the library and find any book that I wanted was just an incredible wealth.

Well I spent a lot of time in libraries as the child. I had wonderful public library in the small town and I grew up in and so I was often there. Once I read through all the books in my house, I was at the library. And I just loved being around books and around people who love books.

I also worked in the library as a college student. I loved reshelving the books because it always took me to new section of the library, a place that I might not have otherwise gone.

Well, I think I have to say all the librarians that I grew up with were my favorites. They were wonderfully helpful and I just created a space that was terrific for a reader to be in. I loved reading and as I said, I read pretty quickly through all the books in my house growing up and we didn't have a lot of money growing up and so to be able to go to the library and find any book that I wanted was just an incredible wealth of information and story, and that continued with me as I grew up, as I went to college, as a young adult, as well.

I go to the library all the time. It's one of my favorite places in Lexington. It's a beautiful library. To begin with they have a... a philanthropist gave a foulcalt pendulum there, so you can go down and see that. Its kind of the centerpiece of the library, but well it has just a tremendous... tremendously rich collection and it's a wonderful space for kids. I have two children and they went there almost every week as they were growing up.

[On budget cuts] Well I think they shouldn't be cut. I think it's a place that should never be cut because the library offers a place for people to come who have cuts and other places in their lives. And also I think in addition to being a resource for people, a wonderful wealth of information in books for people to have access to, they're also community gathering spaces. I find that there are readings done at my library, there are classes, and I think that we should support libraries rather than cut them.

[On censorship] I think books should be freely available and I think that in a case where a parent might feel that the book is inappropriate, that's a parental choice to make, not a choice that the library should make. I think the library should be for the free exchange any easy access for all books.

Oh, I think school libraries are essential, you know. I talked about the public library, but as we're speaking, I'm remembering all the wonderful books that I read in my school library and books I was introduced to by my librarians there, who knew what was out and knew what might appeal to me.

And again I find that also with raising my children, I go to the librarians in the school to find out what's new, what's just come out, what my daughters might love. Well, I've just finished this novel "The Lake and Dreams" and that's nearly out in paperback. I'm starting to think about the next book, but I can't talk about it because it's too new.

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