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The word love brings forth many different connotations. The staff of the Carroll County Public Library loves libraries and all they stand for.
We say it over and over again through our words and our actions. It is interesting to see what other people, famous or not, have to say about libraries.
Caroline Kennedy was quoted as saying, “One of the greatest gifts my brother and I received from my mother was her love of literature and language. With their boundless energy, libraries open the door to these worlds and so many others. I urge young and old alike to embrace all that libraries have to offer.”
In conjunction, her mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis said: “There are many ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”
Public libraries should also demonstrate a love for place and community.
Many have written about love of place and community, but few have said it better than Wendell Berry. In the “Long-Legged House” he describes himself as a “placed person.” “For longer than they remember, both sides of my family have lived within five or six miles of this riverbank…And so my connection with this place comes not only from the intimate familiarity that began in babyhood, but also from the even more profound and mysterious knowledge that is inherited, handed down in memories and names and gestures and feelings, and in tones and inflections of voice” (pg. 140). That really resonates with me because I was born and raised in Carroll County. As a matter of fact, as a part of the Craig family, my roots began growing in Carroll County in 1792. I, too, have become a “placed person.”
February makes us think of love and how we demonstrate it as the staff of the Carroll County Public Library. We love our patrons, our resources, our programs, our books and most of all, our place in Carroll County.
Hillary Arney is director of the Carroll County Public Library.