Many prominent people have articulated their love for the library and the importance of libraries in their lives.

Scientist and author Carl Sagan states “I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture, and our concern for the future, can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.”

Studs Terkel has this to say: “All you need in life is truth and beauty and you can find both at the Public Library.” Comedian Paula Poundstone: “It’s funny that we think of libraries as quiet demure places where we are shushed by dusty, bun-balancing bespectacled women. The truth is libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy and community.”

And finally, rock star Keith Richards: “When you are growing up, there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully—the church which belongs to god, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a good equalizer.”

Now it’s your chance to tell your story about how libraries have changed your life. Whether you’re someone just discovering the many possibilities your library holds or were lucky enough to have grown up with the library nearby, we want to hear about it! The Library District is once again having a “My Library Story” essay contest for library-lovers of all ages. Five winners will be picked, one from each category according to age: young child, youth, teen, adult, and senior. The winners will be awarded a prize and winning essays will be featured on the District website. Essays should be no more than 500 words and children ages 6 and under may draw a picture instead.

Submissions should be emailed to librarycontest@poudrelibraries.org, drawings may be sent to Webster House, Attn: Library Lovers at 301 E. Olive, Fort Collins, CO 80524 no later than February 28. Be sure to add your name, address, phone number and age.

For more information contact the Library District at 221-6740.

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