Visit your local libraries!
I am so old (this is the part where I lean on my cane and wag my finger) that I remember when Amazon and the internet first became popular. Doomsayers swore that our local libraries would die a quick death. But that never happened.
With the surge in ebook and audiobook popularity, some people wonder why you would visit libraries. After all, you can get thousands of books for free online. While that may be the case, it’s certainly not the point. Let’s take a closer look at five things your library offers besides books.
5 things at your local library
1. Free or Cheap Entertainment-Did you know that many libraries offer a variety of entertainment options? Kids love going to story time and families often come in for movie night. There are also local events that take place at libraries. For some people, the public library is a home away from home where they are part of the community. Some libraries even hold used book sales so that you can get cheap books.
2. Work Space-Do you work from home? Are you easily distracted by things in your home? Or don’t want to meet with clients there? I often use my local library to meet with my advocacy clients. There’s wifi so we can look things up if we need to. Plus, it’s a bit more formal than meeting in my home. I like that. I love my clients, just not sure that I want all of them in my living room.
3. An Escape From Cabin Fever-Whether it’s summer or winter break, the library is a great place to take kids to get them out of the house. Best of all, it’s somewhere families can go without having to spend money. The kids even get to take something home.
4. Classes and Seminars-My local library has a weekly Lego club. They also bring in local authors and historians to give informative talks.
5. Archives and History-Last, but not least, your library also offers archives. Did you know that you can go into many libraries and search through town archives? If you’re interested in the past, or helping your child with a school project, these can be invaluable. If you like to do genealogical searches, visit the library in the town where your ancestors lived. You never know what you might find.
Many local libraries are non-profits. Therefore, always looking for volunteers. I have seen many teens and adults with disabilities volunteering at my library. What a fabulous idea. I mean, your library is a quiet place with soft lighting. It’s neat and orderly. The staff follows a routine for how they put away books. I know many people who would thrive working in that environment!
The library is so much more than books. It’s a feeling of community and a place to go to be entertained. It can even be a place to get internet access when yours is down at home or you’re in another city. You can find movies or even learn your town’s history. It all happens in one building. Support your local library.