Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Libraries, Stalkers, and Other Random Thoughts

I love my local library. Besides being a place to get awesome books without breaking my budget, my Library has so much more.

My favorite time of day to go the Library is just when school is getting out. My library has a big play area for the kids right next to the children's books. Windows take up the entire left and front wall and you can see everything happening outside, but the outside can't see in.

I like to be there when school gets out because the Library is right across the street from the High School. Call me a creeper if you want, but I call it research. It's interesting to watch the High School kids get out of school. It's fun (and sometimes depressing) to make up stories about the teenagers that walk by.

Taken from my Pinterest Page

 Some are holding hands and others look lonely and dejected. The other day I saw a boy and girl walking together, then about fifteen minutes later I saw the boy walk back past the library. He had a huge grin on his face. I knew he must have walked his girlfriend home even if she lived in the complete opposite direction from him. How cute!

The other thing I love about this time of day is how many of those teenagers come to Library straight after school. Where I live, the library has a lounge in the Young adult section. With bean bags and places to plug in laptops, oh yeah, and books. I would totally hang out there if I didn't LOOK like a creeper ;)

I just love seeing our youth crack open a good book, and there has been more than one occasion when I've had to hold my tongue about book recommendations. There is something about being in the library and watching those teenagers, you can see how much they want to be a part of the action.

Friends, books are changing lives. They are helping those lonely and dejected teenagers find place in the world. Go to your library and (discreetly) look in their eyes. You'll see a whole world there waiting to be discovered.

As authors we have an opportunity to bring our worlds to them. Let's not waste that. Now get writing!

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