Remembering Why We Love Libraries


Libraries have not been getting enough attention, so sometimes it’s beneficial to meditate on the anecdotal secrets and historical utilities that this community institution has provided us with over the years.

From supplying research for revolutionaries to refuge for writers—there seems to be endless reasons for this space to be valued in our community, though unfortunately, this reality doesn’t dictate steady government funding.

“The libraries’ most powerful asset is the conversation they provide – between books and readers, between children and parents, between individuals and the collective world. Take them away and those voices turn inwards or vanish. Turns out that libraries have nothing at all to do with silence.”

Sam Riley is an adult who works at McSweeney's. More from this author →