New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber shares her fondest library memory and much more for National Library Week!

What was the first book you can remember checking out of the library?
I must have been around four or five years old the first time my mother took me to the library for story hour. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the title of the first book I took home. What I do remember is how that day changed everything for me. My mother said that when the librarian handed me that first book, I immediately pressed it against my heart. From that day forward and to this very day, I don’t go to bed without a book in my hands.

What was the last book you checked out of the library?
The last book I checked out of the library was a research book for a series I was writing. The librarians had located it for me and called to recommend it for a project I was working on.

What do you think the most important service of a library is?
The library is so much more than checking out books. They are often the very heart of the community, offering invaluable free resources and wealth of information. With programs for children, to Saturday afternoon movies, informative lectures, and author events, the library serves and remains a vital part of a community in a city no matter how small or large.

If you could describe the library in 2 words, what would they be?
Unrestricted imagination.

What is your fondest library memory?
The library in Yakima was a huge building constructed of stone; one that Andrew Carnegie had built. Even then I had a creative imagination because I saw myself as a princess walking into a castle. My fondest library memory has to be of the librarian who handed me that very first book. And as a bonus, that life-changing librarian just happened to be Beverly Cleary.

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National Library Week 2019: Debbie Macomber

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