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Why I Became a Librarian: 32 Reasons from Twitter

Abby Hargreaves

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Abby Hargreaves is a New Hampshire native living and working as a Children’s Librarian in Washington, D.C. She fulfills the gamut of the librarian stereotype with a love of cats, coffee, and crocheting (and likes a good run of alliteration). Her MLIS degree enjoys the company of a BA in English from Hollins University, making Abby an advocate of women's universities. Her favorite color is yellow.

Andy Woodworth is kind of a big deal in the world of libraries. He’s been listed as a Library Journal Mover & Shaker, co-authored the “eBook User’s Bill of Rights,” and regularly shares hilarious and thought-provoking original content on Twitter. (Seriously, check out his pinned tweet.) So when he recently put out a call on Twitter for librarians to retweet him and share why they became a librarian, the response was pretty big. Other librarians explained to the world their motivations, from serious things like a love of helping people to more comical responses, like acknowledgement that librarians are “weirdos.” (Can confirm. Source: Am a librarian.) I, of course, shared my own reasons why I became a librarian, but here are some of the best responses.


















So many good replies! These are only a few of the very many excellent responses. Check the rest out on Andy’s twitter (@wawoodword) and, like Alice, fall down the rabbit hole of the wonderful world of libraries. And from a librarian to all you readers, learners, and patrons of all kinds, thank you for making libraries possible.