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Let Yourself Be Bored

Jessie Sima’s grandfather took her to the library when he was watching her while her parents were at work. “It was nice to have a place to spend time where we weren’t pressured to buy anything and where no one minded if we stayed for hours,” she says.

Sima enjoyed browsing the library and learned the importance of having a choice in what one reads: “My grandpa never told me a book was too old or too young for me. If I was interested in something that was beyond my reading level, he would help me read it. I think that had a big influence on the way I think about books and reading.”

Now, she has a greater appreciation for the community spaces that libraries are—beyond being places to explore and discover books for free.

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Sun, 2019-07-07 15:08