Girl drops off touching letter for librarian, sparking others to share positive librarian stories

Amy Milstead watched a girl run into the library and leave a sealed envelope with her before running away.

Girl drops off touching letter for librarian, sparking others to share positive librarian stories
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Editor's Note: This article was originally published on April 4, 2022

Librarians are some of the most wholesome people out there, always helping out vulnerable and fragile souls. Many an introvert has sought refuge in libraries and the world of books to escape the harsh realities of daily life, and one of them appears to be a student named Reginae. A high school librarian became emotional after a girl ran into the library and delivered her a sealed envelope. Inside was a handwritten letter addressed to the librarian, and it was shared online where it went viral, garnering more than 265,000 likes. 

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Reginae quoted American novelist Barbara Kingsolver to pay tribute to her high school librarian. “I’m of a fearsome mind to throw my arms around every librarian who crosses my path, on behalf of the souls they never knew they saved. Truly amazing school librarian is hard to find difficult to part with and impossible to forget,” the scrawny handwriting read. The librarian, who goes by Amy Milstead on Twitter, shared the photo of the letter and captioned it: "I’m speechless. Delivered in a sealed envelope and she ran before I could read it." Milstead is a high school Librarian in Texas and was awarded  AASL School Library of the year 2020 according to her bio.


While she quoted Barbara Kingsolver at the start of the note, she ended it with one of her own, highlighting the doors that the library opened to her. “When you enter this library you are a scientist, you are an explorer, you are a reader, you are important, you are loved, you are respected, you are the reason we are here,” she wrote. The library has always been a safe haven and a refuge for many, and it's a place that stretches time. The letter by Reginae sparked responses from many others, who shared what librarians and libraries mean to them and their community. 

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