Love Your Local Library

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Libraries, the beautiful sanctuaries that share knowledge and comfort with the general public, are starting to crumble.

I believe that libraries are gifts to our communities, gifts that have been overshadowed by the advancing technology and handheld devices that steal our attention. When I was in school in the Boston area, I would see busy young students bustling to the library with armfuls of books and pencils and it made me feel warm and fuzzy, but more importantly, it made me feel productive. After moving home, I noticed that the libraries that exist in rural areas are dwindling with their doors wide open and begging the general public to take a look at what they have to offer.

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Let’s start here: Why are libraries important?

-Free books!!! (THIS IS THE BEST PERK)

-Free NEW DVD’s (And British shows! And indie foreign films!)

-Research resources!!

-Free help for any reference questions!

-Free computer use & cheap printing!

-Quiet study space surrounded by a sea of the best writers in the world!

Why wouldn’t you spend time at a library? They are quiet beautiful spaces where you can roam freely and take out any book you can get your hands on.Β Sadly, less people think of turning to the library, and they don’t even consider it an option when they want to read something. It has become out-of-practice for some people to step foot into their local library.

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Now let’s talk about this: Why are libraries good for communities?

-They promote sustainability (don’t buy new books, share them!)

-You can meet like-minded individuals between the stacks of your favorite genre/author/topic. Robert Putnam said: “People may go to the library looking mainly for information, but they find each other there.”

-They spread knowledge and resources to the public that might not have access to it otherwise OR might not have known where to find it

-They celebrate diversity and learning

-College is expensive, libraries are free to use

-Book clubs offer stories that people read together that might NOT have tried to read on their own, which promotes growth and exploration of literature

-Tutoring services are available

 

I am asking anyone who reads this post and is intrigued, answer me this in the comments: What would encourage you to visit the library? What are your favorite parts of the library that you think invite people inside?

“A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty

because somebody will always be in it

taking books off the shelves and staying up late

reading them.”

-Lemony Snicket

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Love Your Local Library

    1. Thank you so much for sharing! Anyone else reading, check this site out as well! There are so many resources that people don’t realize are offered at the library. Thank you again for stopping by and adding some valuable input πŸ™‚

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  1. The public library has always been my favourite place to be. I live in a small town and we actually have two libraries. One of which was just renovated and updated. The city next door has two libraries and is adding another one! I feel lucky to have so many to choose from. I read your piece in Artful blogging. I agree that once you photograph something it changes the way you see it. I get it!

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    1. Hello Stephanie! This really made me smile. I am so happy that you stopped by after reading my piece, I am lucky to have people like you reading anything I write πŸ™‚ Libraries are such a special place, and it sounds like you have many amazing options, which must be very nice! I hope you are enjoying them. Have a wonderful day πŸ™‚

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