Two Libraries

Safe spaces and picture books

Photo by Sandra Ollier on Unsplash

Like kind, cardiganed nannies, libraries appear in every chapter of my life: The rustic, one-room library of my childhood; the school libraries that provided safe haven in every institutional box I passed through; the libraries that propped up my parenting experiment and provided distraction and brain food when I was starving. I can breathe in libraries, even when I struggle to in the real…