WACO, Texas — It's a unique story being told with pictures and words at the Waco-McLennan County Central Library.
"These are our pictures books, we have them beautifully displayed and we talk about just about everything under the sun."
Here, Essy Day has served as the director for the past six years.
"Down here we have our Spanish books and our young adult books."
In a tour of the Waco-McLennan County Central Library, she helps tell this unique story, taking place in worlds far away.
"Here's a book on space travel, people love to read these books."
Or sometimes, taking place on worlds, we make up with our imagination.
"Here's something on wizards and spells."
It's the story of us.
"We have anything from the beginning of Waco history to current and modern."
With enthusiasm and a smile, Day shows the magic you find at the Waco-McLennan County Library. A place she says has changed.
"One thing i tell people is were not your grandma's library anymore," she said. "They expect us to tell people to shh, and we expect them to be quiet, and we're not. It's a community."
In this community, you'll find Jessica Emmett-Sellers. She was one of Day's first hires here at the library and is the community services supervisor.
"One of the biggest things that people maybe don't know about libraries, is just that they're open to everybody," Emmett-Sellers explains.
Not everybody is reading, though.
You can view the results of the survey in its entirety here.
While it's hard to characterize exactly how the results of the recent survey compare here at home, Emmett-Sellers said there is a positive trend here taking place here. A difference when compared to other places across the country.
"So over time every year, library visits have increased, circulation has increased," Emmett-Sellers explained. "That's not typical of the country. Countrywide, library trends are in kind of a downward or kind of static, and we've been able to see an increase every year."
While the trend of Americans who report not reading books has fluctuated over the years, it resembles the same numbers seen in a previous research effort conducted in 2014. Some readers may find the results of the survey surprising giving the increasing popularity of streaming services and shifting ways in which people consume information and stories today.
Why hasn't the percentage of non-book readers significantly increased just in the past few years? Haven't they heard of Hulu, or Netflix? Why aren't they watching 'Squid Games' instead of reading a book?
Well, for young adult readers like Dale Riser, he said reading stories at the library is a better way of experiencing him.
"I like TV series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer so I'm reading this one," Riser said as he picked out a Buffy the Vampire Slayer book.
Riser explained, reading a story right here at the Waco-McLennan Public Library gives him the feeling he's living in the story rather than watching. And that here, he's found a place where he can go anywhere he could on an iPhone or through a streaming service.
"You can go anywhere you want to go," he said. "Just depends on what your forte is."
For more information on events, information, and public libraries in the Waco-McLennan County area visit here.
Oct. is National Book Month.
A month-long celebration focused on the importance of reading, writing and literature. It's also a time to honor some of the country's best books and authors.
For more information on how to celebrate National Book Month visit here.