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Books are wings. I have never read a book that wasn’t flying me somewhere. -Langston Hughes When people ask me what I do, one of the first things I say is “I am a librarian.” The second thing I say is “But really, books are my life.” Books open up worlds and take us to places we have not yet been; they offer escape from our own realities for just a few hours at a time. They can be guides through difficult times or companions during lonely ones. And in so many ways, books shape who we become as individuals and members of society. But more importantly than all these things, books give hope to those who might otherwise find themselves without it- if not in the pages themselves, then through that person’s discovery of a world beyond loneliness. The act of reading is one as old as humankind itself- but despite this, many people do not read every day and if you’re looking for someone to blame for why they don’t, try blaming me. I am meant to be their champion after all; it is my job to encourage them when others have let them down or failed them along the way.” Books are wings – without books we would never leave home. Books take us 18th century England with Jane Austen and help us feel less alone during our own personal revolutions alongside Hazel Grace Lancaster from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. They transport us into new worlds

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