This weeks beautiful post about libraries comes from the talented Clover from Fluttering Butterflies. I will hand over to Michelle:
My dad used to always tell me stories about how I'd always pester him to read and re-read my favourite books to me over and over again before I learned to read by myself. He'd tell stories about how different my older brother and I were - how he'd always be outside running around playing, and how I could always be found somewhere reading a book. I've loved books my entire life, I really don't know where or what I'd be without them.
And in the library, I could go anywhere in books and forget about my life for a little while. I remember reading The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi for the first time and The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell and I was transported to different times and places and I became Charlotte and Karana. And libraries gave me access to that sort of freedom.
I will always have very fond memories of libraries from my childhood. Libraries are absolute havens of knowledge and inspiration and freedom. It gave me an escape from the difficult aspects of my life, libraries gave me hope and a place that I could breathe and be myself. They opened new worlds to me and helped me to be comfortable with who I am.
Many thanks to Michelle for that beautiful guest post.