If it wasn’t for libraries, I would not have had a place to dream as a young teen, or place to listen to music or to explore volumes of art from the Renaissance to the Surrealists,
or walk across the aisles and read titles of poetry books sideways,
or simply sit on a beautiful wooden desk and stack books and write or draw or sit back and be part of the world of literature, knowledge and a community of friends
and librarians that gave me advice and somehow allowed me to check out incredible mountains of book and barely carry them to my parent’s apartment a few blocks away.
Libraries were always a place of solace and buzzing creativity and curiosity for me. To this day.
— Juan Felipe Herrera