My Elementary school Librarian was my best friend! She nurtured my love of reading by recommending excellent books! I was fascinated by the school library and told her that, the first time we went as a class. She was very pleased and recommended a book. I devoured it and couldn’t wait until the following week to share my joy at finishing this fantastic story. During recess I nocked on her door and when she opened it and saw me, the biggest smile lit up her face as I literally yelled I had finished. She waived me inside & offered me cinnamon tea! I spent the next 2 years reading and talking about books as we drank tea during recess. The library became my sanctuary and she it’s guardian and mine. I was being severely bullied. I never told her but the recesses I spent with her I escaped my bullies! I was safe, warm and books became my lifelong friends!