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An ode to Libraries!


I have been looking at a lot of library websites lately to promote my upcoming memoir Redeemed, and I am deeply moved by how many services libraries across the county offer. I see homework help, tax help, English language lessons, tool lending, yoga, advice lines, free Wi-Fi, translation services, help voting, nutrition classes, game, movie and museum pass lending.

For many of us, some of our earliest memories revolve around getting our first library cards, and going to story hour at the library, teaching us that libraries are how we learn, gather, and grow.


Libraries became the places we went to access information, much of it replaced today by the ease of finding it online. Historically, libraries were places the community gathered, and I see those opportunities still there today, with the story-hours, after-school programs, senior nights, books-talks, guest speakers and community forums. I love that most libraries in bigger cities are open at night, providing safety, light, and warmth to those who don’t have it at home. These reminders made me proud of our library heritage. I can’t wait to see my book in one of them.


My book, Redeemed, A Memoir of a Stolen Childhood will be published June 25, 2024.


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