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People say libraries are a safe haven for vulnerable people, share touching stories

Many people shared stories of being protected by a librarian or shutting out the noise of life by spending time at the library.

People say libraries are a safe haven for vulnerable people, share touching stories
Image source: Twitter/schaalfan

Life is a grind and the hustle and bustle of daily life can often get to you. In a world where everyone is busy to get to the next place, some measure of quietness goes a long way. A library is a place where time slows down, and libraries are run by some of the kindest people on earth. They are places full of treasures for any book lover but also a safe haven for the vulnerable. It's no secret that libraries are underfunded and dwindling in numbers, but one tweet reminded us why their contribution to society is immeasurable. David, a librarian from Atlanta, recalled a woman walking into the library. "Today a woman with developmental disabilities came into the library and said she was lost," he tweeted. "She didn't know her address, but her phone number was in her pocket on a piece of paper with Elmo on it. She kept saying, 'The library is a safe place.'"

TAMBOV, RUSSIA - 2021/04/23: A girl wearing a facemask as a preventive measure against the spread of covid-19 reads a book in the subscription hall in the Pushkin Library in Tambov. (Photo by Lev Vlasov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

 

"We called and her guardian came right over," said David. "Apparently, this happens pretty regularly. They even stayed long enough for her to check out some new books and Sesame Street DVDs. The library is a safe place indeed." This tweet spurred others to share their memories and association with local libraries and their importance to the community. Many hailed librarians as being some of the kindest and helpful people around. Here are some of the top tweets that we came across:

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MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA-MAY 07: Students clicked at the library of The Tata Institute of Social Sciences, in Mumbai. (Photo by Milind Shelte/The India Today Group via Getty Images)

 

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