The public library is a refuge not only for bookworms; it’s also considered a “safe place” by many. This idea is illustrated beautifully in a viral Twitter thread.
The following story was posted on Twitter by David, an Atlanta librarian and Twitter user.
“Today a woman with developmental disabilities came into the library, and said she was lost. She didn’t know her address, but her phone number was in her pocket on a piece of paper with Elmo on it. She kept saying, “The library is a safe place,” he wrote.
“We called and her guardian came right over,” David continued. “Apparently this happens pretty regularly. They even stayed enough for her to check out new books, Sesame Street DVDs, and other items. The library is a safe place indeed.”
His post inspired thousands to share their stories of libraries as safe places with Twitter users. Here are some of our favorite:
Humanity has produced many amazing innovations over the past few centuries. The library is one such innovation. It is a beautiful idea to fill a building with books that anyone can borrow for free.
The public library is one of few places that does not require any money. It’s a place where you can just be yourself, find calm and quiet, and immerse yourself into the worlds that every book brings you into.
Libraries are an integral part of public service infrastructure. These buildings complement other institutions, such as schools, cultural centres, hospitals, and NGOs.
Libraries serve all members and offer education opportunities, particularly for the most vulnerable.
Libraries are the only indoor space that is truly open to the public in many areas. Libraries fulfill this great need for safe spaces.
Libraries play an integral role in delivering information. This is a key driver to development. Information allows societies to make better decisions and invent new ways of doing things.
An educated population is good for both economic and social progress. Some countries highlight the role libraries play in reducing poverty, encouraging active citizenship, free speech, and democracy.
As young people get to know themselves better, take on new responsibilities, make big decisions, it becomes more important to be well-informed as well as having a space where they can think alone.
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