I grew up in North York area of Toronto where poverty and mental health ran rampant. My parents were immigrants and worked shift work and it was nearly impossible to get to local library. But the school library was always there and always available. The school library was a place where we could hide in a good book like Anne of Green Gables or any one of Judy Blume's books. We would do a book exchange, pick a chair and just read for 20 minutes. Ms. Nelson always read a new book she just ordered to read us and was always good about letting us take the book out just a little bit longer then the one week. I work at Balmoral and know our kids need our library to develop a love of reading, researching and even coding, as our library has slowly evolved.