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I’ve moved around a lot in the last 10 years. Holy moly. When I write that, it makes me realize that I’ve been out of high school for nearly 10 years. Wow. Hadn’t thought about that in a while. Anyways, I’ve lived in about 10 places since 2006, and one of the things I never did until now was get a library card in my new city.
For a long time, I just did without and bought books on Amazon. That’s the college student way right? I was never in one place long enough to settle in and actually go to the library. Then my life finally plateaued and Mike and I moved to St. Louis where we lived for about 3 years. Even then – I still didn’t get a library card. I think it was because I wasn’t happy with my life then, and I wasn’t a fan of that city, so I just lived in misery – reading just enough to get me by with my wonderful book club. Gosh I miss those girls!
I got a library card.
Now I’m wondering why it took me so long. As a child, the library was one of my favorite places to go. Even though I’m leading a much busier life – I still love going to the library and basking in the gentle glow of books. If you’re a book lover – you know what I’m talking about. My biggest propeller was my desire to succeed at my 2016 reading list without spending a bunch of cash. Priorities, you know.
Nevertheless, I’m back in the library business, and you should be too! I’m going to give you five reasons for you to go to the library TODAY and get a library card.
1. Free books
Obviously. If you’re in a small town, the book selection can be limited, but that’s what branching out is all about. If you want to make a difference there, see if you can get involved by leading a fundraiser or pursuing grant money! Mo’ money means mo’ books. If you’re in a bigger city, there should be a huge selection. My library has several other branches, so if I want a specific book that isn’t at one, I can go get it somewhere else. For free. FREE!
2. Free tutoring programs
Again, this may not be available at smaller libraries, but you can always be the first to mention it. Libraries are always looking for new ways to support their communities, and tutoring is huge. If you’re struggling with something in school, look into a tutoring program. Even if the library doesn’t have tutoring there, they probably know someone who tutors.
3. Story time
One of my all time faves growing up – story time is a way to immerse your child into reading. This works especially well if they’re struggling with reading or not a super fan. Usually, one of the librarians picks a new children’s book (or a classic) and reads to the children for 15 mins to an hour. You can find story time at nearly every single library out there – because there are an abundance of children.
4. Free music and dvd checkouts
You probably didn’t know this, but many libraries have free cd and dvd checkouts. It may not seem relevant with all that Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime offer, but you might still find some gems lurking in the DVD section. Older movies – such as some of the classics – can often be found at the library, so why not take advantage of it? Just go take a gander and see what you find. You might be surprised.
5. Free internet and academic resources
The days of periodicals and encyclopedias are gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still do research at the library. Nearly all libraries have free wi-fi now. Some even have coffee shops. I think I’d much rather sit at a desk in the library and work than a noisy Starbucks, ya know? They also have biographies and scientific reads for when the internet just won’t do – or you’re writing that essay and you have to have at least one real book to include as research in the bibliography. Do they even still require that? Dang, I am old. Anyhow – FREE WI-FI. Utilize it.
Have I convinced you yet? Hurry and go to the library today! It’s free!!