Thanksgiving Day is this week, and as part of the celebratory nature of the holiday I always spend some time reflecting on the past year, and what I am thankful for.

Access to a public library is always on my list, and the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library is an example of a library actively fulfilling the needs of the residents of Harker Heights, in the form of services, programs and activities for all ages and backgrounds.

Beyond this is an intangible quality of knowing I can visit the library for a few minutes of quiet reading, or conduct research for a writing project; this is best expressed as reliability.

I was introduced to the public library in my hometown at a young age, and along with family, friends, school and church, it has influenced my perception of the world.

The public library has encouraged me to explore the world and the universe by allowing me to borrow books, films and music that I could not buy.

I have relied on the public library wherever I have moved, not only for knowledge or culture, but to give me a sense of the locale. Here in Central Texas, I have been introduced to comic con fans and therapy dogs, as well as local farmers, musicians and authors through the library’s events and programs.

In the spirit of thanksgiving, for those who offer their time to these events and programs to make Harker Heights a well-informed, vibrant, and cohesive community, here are three inspirational titles from the library catalog.

“Megan Leavey,” by film director Gabriela Cowperthwaite;

“This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women,” by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman;

“The Promise Of A Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change,” by Adam Braun.

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