I have been a bookworm for as long as I can remember. But as we get older and become crazed with homework, work work, relationships, bills, and trying to maintain a social life, it can be easy to throw good ‘ole books aside.
Now, I’m not talking about on my iPad or on my Kindle. Yes, I have both, and I’ll be the first to admit that reading on that when traveling is so convenient. Particularly if you have a long trip and can read an entire book on the airplane and still need more to read once you get to your destination.
There is nothing like the feel of a good book in your hand, while you’re curled up on the couch in a blanket, and I will argue that until my last breath.
It’s because of that that I make it a point to visit the library at least once a month. Libraries are dead? Millennials are the ones that killed them? I don’t think so, and I hope that never turns out to be true, at least in my lifetime.
As a twenty-something who does make a point to visit the library fairly regularly, I hate hearing that my generation is the reason that libraries are suffering. I understand the thought process, especially with the rise of ebooks and Netflix and all of that other fun stuff that does captivate our attention. I love all of this stuff today — but I also love the library, and I want you to fall back in love with it too.
If you haven’t had a chance to make it to the library lately, here are just a few reasons as to why you should pick a day to go back and visit:
1. There are so many options.
Fiction? Sci-Fi? Mystery? Non-fiction? Educational? You name it, the library has books in that genre. If you don’t like to limit yourself to one specific title, or you’re like me and can get bored reading the same type of novel over and over again to the point you start predicting the outcomes from the second chapter, having such various options is a blessing.
Plus, you don’t need to know in advance what you want to read. You can just walk into the library, roam the stacks, and take out anything that may catch your eye and your interest.
2. It’s nostalgic.
If you went to the library as a child with your family, you know exactly what I’m talking about right now. Stepping foot inside a library can take you back to a simpler, youthful time, even if just for a second.
The librarian from my childhood library is still working there, and every time I walk into it, I just can’t help but smile. Also, I won’t tell anyone if you also head to the children’s section to see if any of your childhood favorites are still there.
3. You’re saving money.
Books cost money, and they’ve just gone up in price. Why spend that money when you can go to a place and take books to read, for free? Seems brainless to me. You can literally read hundreds of books a year at no cost. Even better? Take that money you would’ve spent on buying the book you just took out of the library, and put it in your savings. You may be surprised come year’s end.
If you’re on apps like Goodreads or following fellow bookworms on social media, you’re likely getting an influx of titles to your feeds of books your friends are reading. The library allows you to read these titles — for free!
4. You escape reality.
It’s no secret that a good book can take you to a different time and place. If you’re going through a difficult time, or just had a long day at work, going to the library can take you to several different places, all depending on what books you checkout. And on top of all that? You’re getting to experience new places, likely without even realizing it. One day you can be immersed in Paris. Another day? In Alaska. And a week later? You can be back in the 1900s.
5. You’re helping your community.
With the rise of ebooks, shows, movies, and series at our fingertips, libraries have been suffering. By utilizing your local library, you’re showing that the library – likely the place where many workshops and other events are held – is needed. They’re not as likely to shut down a place that’s actively being used. And with the influx of traffic, they will likely be able to provide even more great, useful services for you and your community.
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