Making Friends with the Library

Most days, I’m more comfortable interacting with characters in a book than actual humans. Some people call it introversion. Other people call it being a nerd, I suppose.

Contrary to what you may hear, there are a lot of pros to being an introvert/nerd. But one of the cons is that it can be difficult to make a new friend. So a lot of my friends are books.

But you know what’s even better than being friends with a book? Being friends with a library. And that’s just what happened to me recently.


The Nashville Public Library (recently named the best library in the country – woo-hoo!), launched a streaming service called BoomBox that features all local artists. The current selections on BoomBox are curated by Ann Powers of NPR (and former music critic for the L.A. Times).

It made my month to have Ann and the library include “How We Spend Our Days” among the current albums featured by BoomBox. And now I can say I’m friends with the library.

I have a hunch that being friends with humans is even better than being friends with a library, but you know, one step at a time.