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.
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!)
-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. 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.
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