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Feel Good Friday: A Love Letter to the Library
A recent survey has found that visiting the library is the most common cultural activity that American’s partake in (probably similar in Canada). This means that people are going to the library more often than seeing a movie, going to the park or going to a museum.
This story resonated with me because I am a lifelong library lover! Some of my earliest memories are going to the library with my mom and picking up a stack of new books for bedtime stories. As I got older, the library was a place to go during summer afternoons to participate in the reading club. As a teen, I volunteered as a children’s reading tutor and in the library bookstore. The library has played a big role in my life. It’s always been a place for me to find community, get volunteer hours, learn about myself, feel safe and focused. It’s been a second home and apparently many other people feel the same way.
With the increasing awareness of the negative impact loneliness can have on our mental health, libraries are even more important. Libraries help people build connections and community. Thanks to all the librarians and library staff! Public libraries are a lifeline and to work you do is invaluable!
The idea of Feel Good Fridays started because we believe the simple things that bring a smile to our face, are some of the best things. Smiling and laughing has been proven to reduce stress in our lives! When we smile or laugh it releases neurotransmitters in our brain called endorphins, which are in charge of making us happy and helping to relieve stress.
Remember to check back for next week’s Feel Good Friday!
Kathryn is a recent MSW graduate currently trying to #adult. She is a former mindyourmind staff and continues to work in the youth & community development sectors. In her spare time, she is a proud plant parent, home chef and avid volunteer.
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