Lucy Score shares her love for libraries and librarians in amazing guest post

Things We Left Behind by Lucy Score. Image Courtesy Bloom Books
Things We Left Behind by Lucy Score. Image Courtesy Bloom Books /

Everyone loves Lucy Score yet no one asks what Lucy Score loves. Joking aside, that’s why I wanted her to write a guest post for Culturess.

When it comes to her book series, everyone gets a different feeling while reading it and Score always manages to write her characters with such depth and distinct personalities including in Things We Left Behind.

The first two books in the Knockemout series have set up an amazing romance for Lucian and Sloane. Sloane is the town’s librarian and it’s a huge part of her character so when it was suggested that Lucy write about her love for libraries and librarians in particular, I was completely on-board.

Whether Things We Left Behind is your first Lucy Score book or you’re a long-time lover, you’ll enjoy this guest post by Lucy in which she shares her love for libraries and the librarians who work there.

Lucy Score shares her love for libraries and libraries in our guest post!

Before we get into the post, I’d like to thank Lucy Score for writing this post for us and Bloom Books for setting this up so let’s get into it.

Lucy Score
Lucy Score Author Photo. Image credit to Brianna Wilbur. /

"My love affair with libraries by Lucy ScoreI think my destiny to become an author was forged in the musty stacks of my local library. As the daughter of a middle school and high school librarian, a large chunk of my childhood was spent in public libraries. We were there so often, my brother and I used to play “going to the library” as we rode our Big Wheels around the driveway.My childhood library resided on the second floor of an old brick building above the town’s police department. I still remember the abrasive, burlap-like upholstery on the stools in the children’s section. I also vividly recall the self-induced vertigo earned while spinning on them.There have been other libraries near and dear to my heart. The high school library was an air-conditioned respite from the brutal late summer heat that accompanied the first few weeks of school. And then there was that time I made my college decision based entirely on the campus’s five-story library with its sunny reading porches (of course it was haunted).Libraries have always been there for me. Even today I occasionally sneak into the stacks of my town’s public library to write a few words when I need a change of scenery. It’s from this deep-rooted appreciation that I wrote a librarian heroine for my romance novel Things We Hide From the Light.In romance novels, including my own, it’s often the grizzled—yet handsome—bartender giving characters sage advice. But in real life, that role is often filled by your local librarian.Today’s librarians have survived an onslaught of challenges in recent years. Faced with ever-shrinking budgets, aggressive demands for book bans from sensitive political bases, and public safety issues, librarians are unsung heroes of their communities.They’ve become creative problem solvers for their towns and patrons by deploying library resources to meet the challenges of their neighborhoods.Middletown Thrall Library ( is just one of hundreds across the country that stock Nalaxone, a medication used to reverse opioid overdoses, and train staff to use it to save lives.In 2020, a librarian for Columbia University used the library’s 3-D printers ( to make thousands of desperately needed face shields for health care professionals in New York City during the worst of the COVID-19 crisis.In between literally saving lives, libraries continuously change them by getting the right books into the right hands at the right time. My mother was known to sneak a volume of poetry into the hands of a down-on-their-luck senior upon graduation. While books have long provided an escape for readers, it’s libraries that provide the help and resources to transport their patrons to a better place.Literally.From free summer meals to workshops on tax preparation to drag queen story time, libraries and their tireless employees are making a difference every single day. So from this romance novelist, I’m wishing librarians everywhere their very own happily ever after."

I couldn’t ask for a better piece from Lucy Score. It’s clear how much libraries and librarians mean to her and upon reading Things We Left Behind, she hits the point home. Lucy Score is just one of those people you can’t help but love and want to become friends with.

If you were apprehensive to read her books or even, Things We Left Behind, then hopefully her guest post gave you the push you needed.

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