Seriously—can you imagine what it would be like without them? And in this day and age, libraries are not solely for the housing and sharing of printed material. Along with owning video and audio libraries, many serve as the sole source for computer and internet activity for a lot of people. In many cases local libraries are the hub of community activity!
Like the majority of people, I cannot afford, nor do I have the room to store the many books I wish to read, study or peruse more casually. Without libraries, where would I turn? Not just as a reader, but as a writer, I am a regular patron of local libraries, averaging 1-3 visits per week. The resources available to me through them is invaluable, to say the least. I am able to order stacks of books, many of which I would not have access to otherwise, whether for the purpose of research, keeping up with new releases or getting my hands on books no longer in print!
There are 75 branches in the library system I use and, oh, am I grateful! When I use “BCCLS.org,” I can search with ease to find the titles I need, and if my most local libraries don’t own it, I simply request it online and choose which branch I’d like it delivered to. The only thing more convenient would be actual delivery to my door! But what fun would that be? I wouldn’t get to enter that bookish wonderland or visit my helpful, friendly, bookish librarians, and that wouldn’t suit me at all.
The library I frequent most often (pictured in these photos) has a wide variety of activities for children and adults, many of them being weekly events, like Storytime mornings, crafty afternoons and Book Club evenings. On occasion, a local “vintage film expert” picks an old movie and much like Robert Osborne on TCM, graces the audience with its back story. They have a Family Fun Night and seasonal activities, too, like a “Snowman Breakfast.” 😀
I had intended to highlight libraries at some point, and do so now with the nudge by Sheila’s Library Challenge. Writing this post and sharing these photos was a joyful task. Visiting libraries always lifts my spirits. Being surrounded by books and book lovers warms my heart and feeds my love for the written word. My appreciation for them has continued to grow with each passing year.
How about you? Do you frequent libraries, local or otherwise? What are your feelings about them?