I hold a handful of places dear to my heart. Some of them are part of a far off past, while others are currently visited with varying frequency. Among these special places is the Southern Lehigh Public Library (SLPL). For my family, it goes beyond the books. After welcoming our first child, I found SLPL to be a great resource for not only books, but also to make social connections with other families. We have thoroughly enjoyed countless story times and library-sponsored educational programs for more than a decade. SLPL has been a significant starting point for my five children to learn, sing, be an artist, and most of all, develop a love of reading. I have enjoyed seeing each of them grow in so many ways. SLPL initially started that feeling of community for me. By the time school started, we already knew so many people from our library days – going as far back as infant storytime! In many ways, the SLPL has been an anchor for my family. When things needed to change in Spring 2020, SLPL changed and adapted. While the “place” itself was missed, the staff brought the library to us in the comfort of our own homes. These programs (and the people behind them) have been an amazing constant for our family, in good times and bad. Southern Lehigh Public Library truly is for everyone. I think one of the greatest things about it is its inclusiveness. You don’t outgrow it. There is always that next level or stage that offers another opportunity. I am forever thankful for its presence here in our community, and for the work and thoughtfulness put into every program. And yes, the books are awesome too.