Why we love the library (and seven reasons why you should love it too…)
Libraries are a wonderful place. They provide countless services and are often times the center of the community. They bring community members together through events and programs; offer internet access and research options to those who would otherwise be without; and supply an endless amount of knowledge simply by walking through their doors. Libraries allow users to travel the world, discover new languages and encounter numerous adventures all housed under the same roof. If you can’t make it to the physical library, eBooks and digital audiobooks can provide the same privileges with the click of a button, from anywhere in the world.
1. Personal Development
Visiting the library can encourage reading and exploration in children. Children can learn at every turn. Even being responsible for returning books on time can teach some basics of responsibility.
2. Free Stuff
The library is home to a wealth of free items, such as:
- Newspaper, magazine, audiobook, CD, DVD, and video rentals: You’ll have access to much more than just books. It would cost a fortune to try purchasing all of these sources of reading, music, and videos, but fortunately, the library has access to much more than your home library and entertainment center could ever store.
- Free Wi-Fi: Who isn’t looking for free Wi-Fi every once in awhile?
- Free computer and Internet access: You can research whatever you need and have access to a computer whenever you need it.
- Adult classes: These can range from academic training like GED classes, to creative ventures like art and poetry classes.
3. Library Events and Programs
Libraries offer all types of events and programs for bookworms. You can enjoy everything from author readings to health workshops. Every library is different, so you can’t expect anything in particular, but some activities commonly provided at the library include:
- Author readings for adults and kids
- Poetry circles
- Story circles for kids
- Puppet shows
- Family films
- Special programs for children
- Book discussions
- Reading programs and summer events
- Used book sales
- Workshops like knitting and parenting skills
4. Unusual Discoveries
You can find rare, out-of-print material at your local library that you won’t be able to find elsewhere. You’ll also be able to find old and used books for sale at a great price, so make sure to keep your eyes open for any of their cheap book sales.
If you haven’t been to your local library, you may be shocked to find what kind of food and shopping options they have. For instance, the Los Angeles Public Library has a gift shop, restaurant, and café inside, but it could all be easily missed if you don’t know what you’re looking for and don’t take the time to really map out your library and find out what they offer.
5. Opportunities to Bond With Like-Minded People
The library is full of other bookworms. You can bond over your favorite books and love of literature. Libraries often promote local businesses, so you can also find out more about local artists, businesses, and even book clubs.
And the librarian probably has an abundance of useful information and recommendations. Just let them know what you’re looking for and they can help you find the right book or answer any questions you may have.
6. Quiet Personal Space
We all need a bit of personal space, and the library can provide the quiet reprieve you need. It’s a great place for reading, working, researching, or just relaxing. There are always comfy chairs and corners at the library where you can enjoy a great new book and expand your mind.
The library is brightly lit, so you won’t have to squint your eyes to see the words on the page. Add that to the cool environment, quiet atmosphere, and endless rows of books, and you’ve got a very calming way to relieve stress and relax.
7. Book Rentals
Most importantly, once you become a member of your local library, you can rent all the books your heart desires. When there’s a book that everyone’s buzzing about, or a novel you want to read before it’s turned into a film, you can borrow the books for free from your library. Knowing that you need to return the book can also encourage you to finish the book by the return date.
Be honest, after reading a book once, you probably won’t read it again. So, it will just take up space on your bookshelf and gather dust. Instead, you can rent a book in any genre, read it, and return it for free. Imagine all the money you’ll save.