In honor of National Library Week (April 19 – 25), social media users are sharing all the reasons they’re grateful to their libraries and librarians.
Posts using the hashtag #ThankYouLibraries range from powerful examples of how libraries are adapting during the COVID-19 pandemic to fond memories of visiting libraries in-person. Here are a few of our favorites:
“Without my library, I’d spend thousands $$ each year on books that open up my kids’ world to…the world beyond #Boulder. That’s priceless. I miss you, @boulderlibrary (but I also know you haven’t quit serving community during COVID).”—@kejtia (Twitter)
“I love the access to databases! Having access to quality information at the touch of my fingertips has made my life as a grad student and educator so much better!”—@aggielaurielyn (Twitter)
“I love that every time I visit the library there is almost always a group of people gathered around to talk about books, knit, puzzle, watch a movie, play games, study. You get a real sense of a bonded community at the library.”—Megan H. (Facebook)
“#ThankYouLibraries for challenging my daughters to read, participate in community programs, being a meeting space for Girl Scout troops, and for celebrating my girls when they first learned to read!”—@ aplamchaplam007 (Twitter)
“We live in a small town and the preschool story times have been some of the first and best socializing opportunities for my two year old. And I’ve even made new mom friends.”—Meghan C. (Facebook)
“I was fortunate to visit my library just before the extended closure. I checked out 6 books. Thanks to @lakelibrary for automatically renewing my books & forgiving any late fees! You guys rock & allowed me to escape the new grim reality in more ways than one!”—@NathalieSassy (Twitter)
“Thank you for always being one of my homes away from home, where I can escape from the stresses of daily life and bury my nose in a great book! I am especially grateful for the online resources offered by the Sussex County Library System this #NationalLibraryWeek when staying home because of Covid-19 social distancing.”—Sierra S. (Facebook)
“Thanks to the genealogical tools that are now available from home, I’ve been able to trace back a few of my ancestors to the 1850s in New Jersey and Saskatchewan.”—@SounderBruce (Twitter)
“I love Joliet Public Library because it brings joy into my life. When I walk in with my daughters we’re all excited to find new books to share together. I love the time we spend together at the library.”—Zoe G. (Facebook)
Share your own #ThankYouLibraries post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram during National Library Week. As an added bonus, the American Library Association will randomly select one participant to win a $100 Visa gift card—post by 12 PM CT on Saturday, April 25 to be eligible.
Photo via Putnam Valley Free Library on Instagram.