"The local library was my sanctuary when I was a child, and books were my safe haven from reality. When very young, I savored girl-adventure books by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Maude Hart Lovelace, and treasured each word uttered by teenage sleuth Nancy Drew.
As I grew older, I devoured biographies and history, dreaming of living a grander life than mine. I read modern classics by Ernest Hemingway, Somerset Maugham and John Steinbeck, and thrilled to Agatha Christy mysteries.
While I was hiding in books, I learned of a world bigger than my meager dreams, more diverse than my neighborhood, and healthier than my home.
When my last child slid headlong into high school, I returned to the local library to save me from too much sanctuary. And once again, I found a world more diverse than our street or church, and more important to others than I ever imagined.
These are the stories of people you'll meet at the library. People who depend on its vibrancy and richness for their lives and their livelihoods. People who need the sanctuary of the local library….as I once did."
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