Thursday, November 8, 2012
I love libraries so much I work at two of them!
This is not news. I work at two libraries. I got to work over at the Coleraine Public Library a couple of weeks ago. During the day. When the kids came over from the school across the street. I work one day a week at the Marble Public Library, and we see many of the same kids day after day. They're used to seeing me there. It was a surprise to a couple of them to see me at a different library. "Yes," I told them, "I love libraries so much, I work at two of them!"
I love libraries. At the library I have access to books, movies, CD's, and more. For free. If I want to try a new author or genre of books, see a movie I didn't want to pay full price to see in the theater, or listen to music that I'm not sure I want to buy; I can get it all at the library. It's great! If there isn't a copy in our library system, you can get one sent from elsewhere in the state. For free. There are also audio and e-reader books available for download. For free. How great is that?? As long as you don't damage or destroy the materials, you don't have to pay a thing. Did I mention that the library has computers? That they let you use. And they're hooked up to the Internet. For a small fee they'll also let you print stuff. It's cheaper than buying an ink cartridge, that's for sure.
Libraries have events and programming available for free. Sometimes you might have to pay a small fee for some sort of fund-raiser, but there sure is a lot available that doesn't cost anything. Because of Legacy Funding, there are free museum passes available at the library. There are story hours and reading programs for kids. Sometimes even for adults. Reading programs that may give kids some incentive to read. There are prizes to be had, and all at no cost. If you're lucky enough that your library has some sort of reading program with prizes, how great is that?
It's free. There aren't any up front costs; unless you're wracking up fines, destroying materials, or lose your library card. Indirectly, you've already paid for the services the library provides. Public libraries are run on tax-payer money. It's been a while since we've had to deal with the misbegotten idea that a closed library is a cut in taxes paid. That's not the way it works in library-land. If you close a library in your town, the same amount of tax dollars will still go to libraries--just not the one you closed.
I love libraries.
If you know of anyone who doesn't, send them my way. I'll do what I can to change their mind.
Whenever it is possible, a boy should choose some occupation which he should do even if he did not need the money. ~William Lyon Phelps
And so should a girl. ~Alicia Wikstrom