At the beginning of the summer, I signed up for a library card for the first time since I was 7 or 8. Since then, I've taken out as many books as possible! That is how I was able to read "Half the Sky". Just the fact that I can read almost any book I would like to for free is still pretty incredible to me. Libraries have been around for hundreds of years, but the concept itself is still amazing. Free access to information is a huge part of education. Moreover, it's empowering! This is something I've always taken for granted, because I've always had libraries and I've always had the internet.
However, these luxuries weren't always available, and they still aren't available to everyone. In an age where books are being digitalized left and right, I think it's important to keep the experience of the library alive. There is nothing more beautiful for a bibliophile than browsing shelf after shelf, looking for that perfect novel. And besides, not everyone can afford to borrow library books on an eReader!
That's why I donated a couple of books to my hometown library. Although they were all children's books that I haven't read in ages, I'm hoping that someone will enjoy them as I did. Who knows? Maybe they'll inspire a love of reading. That would be wonderful!