What is it about a library that keeps its patrons coming back for more, year after year?
I can think of a few reasons.
Libraries are judgement free zones — safe spaces that welcome all who enter their doors, regardless of beliefs, gender preferences, country of origin, age, income status, education or appearance.
Libraries increase our understanding of the world we live in. Whether it’s the 26 square miles of our community or the nations beyond our borders, libraries keep us informed and curious.
Libraries help people find their way and those who are alone find connection and companionship.
Libraries celebrate history and culture and honor the personal
stories of those who came before. Susan Orlean, author of “The Library Book,” describes the library as “a gathering pool of narratives and of the people who come to find them. It is where we can glimpse immortality; in the library, we can live forever.”
Library staff do what they do with empathy, generosity and creativity.
Our services are free.
These are a few of our reasons. We bet you can name others.
Thank you for giving Arlington Public Library many reasons to be.