Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

The library has been a sanctuary for me for many years, from the tiny, cozy one at my elementary school to the glass palace of a public library where I spent my post-college years hanging out. (Bonus points: It also had a cafe and a pizza restaurant.)

The first thing I did when I moved to a new city last year was get myself a library card. I read so many books that buying them all is not really feasible (although I still buy a lot of them). For the two to six weeks that I hold a library book in my hands, it’s mine. I like thinking about how many other people have held the same book in their hands. Sometimes I find physical evidence — a bookmark, or a scrap of paper left behind. Libraries and books and comics remind me that there are good things left in the world.

I’m finishing my senior year at home — and taking the opportunity to revisit formative stories from childhood

I realized these stories can help me navigate an uncertain future

My parents and I both live in coronavirus epicenters — but we’re separated by thousands of miles

We’re trying to have hope in Seattle and Italy

A trip to San Francisco showed me just how far-reaching the impact of coronavirus is

It’s impossible to ignore the rising number of cases around the world