There is no better gift than a book. Stories transform the way that we look at the world and those around us. A great narrative can change the way that we approach our futures, past, and present. I have always loved the library and its endless possibilities.
My grandmother was a librarian for the East Chicago public library when I was growing up. That greatly influenced my mother's love of reading and she shared it with my siblings and me. I have such amazing memories going to story time at the library as a child, wandering the stacks and touching the long backs of the books, and getting lost in endless journeys with so many different authors' voices. No matter where I was in my life I always knew that books would be there with me and for me.
As a mother myself now, there is no greater joy than bringing my young son to the lake county public library and letting him explore the children's section. We love looking at the different books covers and I enjoy watching his little mind light up with the same stars that mine did. I feel like our society forgets how important literacy is and we take the gift for granted.