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5 Reasons to Love Your Library

5 Reasons to Love Your Library

Did you know April 13 to April 19 is National Library Week? The American Library Association (ALA) designates this holiday on the second week of every April to celebrate the contributions of libraries and librarians to our communities.

When the ALA first established the holiday in 1958, television and radio were rising in popularity, and some people feared that reading would become obsolete. Sound familiar? Today, the increasing availability of digital media on personal computers, smart phones and tablets, has again led people to predict the demise of public libraries.

But is there truth in that? According to a Pew Research study, people who are most involved with their local libraries are some of the highest technology users around. In the same research study, “90% of Americans ages 16 and older say that the closing of their local public library would have an impact on their community.”

Here are 5 reasons to love libraries. What are some of yours?

Things there are free. Anyone with valid identification can get a free membership at most public libraries. Not only can you borrow free books, but some libraries also let you check out CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and eBooks. Some even let you check out art work and some let you check out seeds and house seed libraries. Even if there is a fee for things, it’s usually very minimal.

Your library is a community center. Aside from the shelves full of books from the greatest thinkers throughout history, there are classes, lectures, special programs and author talks, movie nights, story times, homework help, computer and internet access (free WiFi), and even live musical performances.

Book sales. One of my favorite things about my local library are the used book sales. While you can save a bundle on books, especially paperback books, sometimes you find that hidden treasure you have been looking to add to your LP collection, since many sales include used records, CDS, magazines and comic books. The best part? Since things are so cheap, you can buy more, and once you are done with them, donate them back for future sales.

Librarians. They are experts at finding information, and they can save you time and lots of frustration by knowing how and where to find the information you need.

You always get something you want. Whether you are going in to check out the latest bestseller or a book on your favorite hobby, or you want to use the free Wi-Fi, or attend a class, it’s guaranteed that you will leave with something that you like. I can’t think of many other places that offer that.

This year’s theme is “Lives change @ your library.” How has the library changed your life? I’d love to hear about it, so please leave a comment here. And, the ALA is asking you to tweet about how the library has changed your life using the hashtag #LivesChange and #NLW14.

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.

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1:01PM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

Hopefully you will have a GOOD librarian! Ours is a ditz. She also has tenure. She will outlive me!

10:42PM PDT on Jun 3, 2014

when I was a teenager I preferred hanging out at the library instead of the mall.

3:40PM PDT on May 1, 2014

Yeppers, Libraries are the BEST!!!!!

3:37PM PDT on May 1, 2014

Yeppers, Library's are the BEST!!!!!

12:56AM PDT on May 1, 2014

I love libraries!

9:40PM PDT on Apr 27, 2014

I love libraries too. Remember one thing. They are not free. you don't pay, taxpayers do. Libraries snd their budgets are paid for with your taxes. Just a thought

8:59PM PDT on Apr 27, 2014

I love libraries. Not only for books but for DVD's / Blu-rays. I watch a lot of films and want to stay "legal". The library offers a free way to watch films. As with the books too, if you find it was not quiet what you expected you are not out of pocket.

1:27AM PDT on Apr 23, 2014

LOVE LOVE LOVE real books and libraries. I remember going once around the age of 12, my first and last time as a kid. It was such a uplifting experience for me, it was just like a library would be in the movies, quiet- though your footsteps echoed, immense, and just beautiful, with ivy growing on the bricks. I really appreciate their place in the community and I hope they are here for a long time. The staff and volunteers are always very nice and helpful. Thanks for the post!

6:11AM PDT on Apr 20, 2014

I love books already.

4:57AM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

interesting article,thank you

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