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Why Libraries Should Love Taylor Swift


As a resident of Nashville, it’s almost a requirement to be at least vaguely familiar country music–at least in the sense that we know names if we don’t know songs.

So when it comes to Taylor Swift, it’s hard to exist, much less live in the same town, without at least knowing a few things about her. The music is poppy and bouncy, and she always seems to be smiling, even when Kanye West is standing right next to her and insulting her in front of a national TV audience.

So she seems like a nice girl. And, now, I’ll say that she’s a nice, charitable girl–a nice, charitable girl who donated 14,000 Scholastic books to Nashville’s public library system. If you love books, that should make you smile, even if you don’t have the slightest clue what Taylor Swift sings.

According to this article, the books that aren’t put into circulation in the library system will be given to kids in lower-incomeĀ  families and to preschools and daycare centers.

What I like about this is that, while Taylor Swift could’ve easily just written a check (and there’s nothing wrong with that!), she put a little thought into it and met a local library system at the source of its need. That’s pretty cool.

If you could donate a crapload of books to a library, what books would you donate?

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  1. I wouldgive away all my Enid Blytons….and go to the library sometimes to read them again!:)

    February 20, 2012
  2. I love Taylor Swift. I always think we could be very best friends and this makes me even more happy. Good for her and the public library system.

    February 20, 2012
  3. TB #

    3 full sets of Mary Pope Osborne’s entire Magic Treehouse series. All 47 and counting of them. My kids are nuts about them. Yes, I’ve read 40+ of these chapter books out loud in the last two years and now they are starting to read them on their own. Great gateway to literacy and even to historical fiction.

    Also, in lieu of more books, I’d get kids authors to do readings at the local library. First up would be the great Mo Willems.

    February 20, 2012
  4. There are so many good authors but I like the idea of sponsoring author readings across the country.

    February 20, 2012
  5. All the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, all Junie B. Jones, Beverley Cleary, Scott Westerfeld, WIlliam Sleator, Rob Thomas, Francesca Lia Block, Stephen King, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Steinbeck, Animorphs, Goosebumps, and Baby-Sitters Club (if they were back in print), The Hunger Games series, Harry Potter, Maggie Stiefvater’s latest…anything that would get anyone reading.

    I like that Taylor Swift, I don’t care what anyone says about her.

    February 20, 2012
    • Good choices!

      February 20, 2012
  6. That is my favorite type of charity– fulfilling a specific need with your time, money, and/or energy. I honestly have no idea what I’d donate to a library. More of everything!

    February 20, 2012
    • I agree. Great to see her doing something like that.

      February 20, 2012
      • P.S. How are you finding A Dance to the Music of Time? I am having a hard time. I find it so boring! I haven’t even finished the first book of the first trilogy. I’m trying to push through because I feel like it has potential but man it’s putting me to sleep more often than not!

        February 20, 2012
      • Yeah, I’m feeling the same way. I’m going to post about the second book next week, but I’m finding it horribly tedious, and I think the second book is even worse than the first one. Ugh. Only 10 and a half more to go!

        At least you can back out if you want to. Haha.

        February 20, 2012
  7. pinoyleonardo #

    I’ll donate my favorite self-help and business books. :) That’s cool of Taylor Swift to do that.

    February 22, 2012
  8. Tuan Vecchi #

    I have been watchin taylor swift videos on youtube through the whole night and i can’t sleep so i take melatonin so that i can sleep very well.

    April 18, 2012

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