I’ve always loved to read. When I was little, my mom had to strictly enforce “no books at the dinner table” and “no reading after bedtime” rules. (Which, apparently my dad was right. Reading by my dim little nightlight did strain my eyes. Oops.)
It only follows then that I adore public libraries. I’ve been a card carrying member of half a dozen different libraries. Even when we were only in the States for the summer, we hit up the library in my grandparents’ town. Even when I was in Honolulu for only four months, I got myself a library card. Even when there was a library on my college campus, I got myself a public library card. (Until I racked up seventeen dollars in fines, then I was classy and stopped going to that library. I’m a terrible person.)
Works For: Anyone old enough to sign their name, and likes to read, listen to music, or watch movies.
What I Love:
- It. Is. Free. Seriously, can you top this?
- I can see if a book is worth buying by checking out from the library first. (Hello, Anti 9-to-5 Guide!)
- Less clutter in my house because I don’t BUY every movie or book I like.
- Longer loan periods than most video rental store.
- You might stumble across a book, movie, or CD that looks interesting. Amazon just can’t do the same for you.
- Did I mention it costs NOTHING? Well, it’s TRUE.
- It’s a quiet place to study.
- Libraries are an awesome asset to any community – they provide computers and internet access, story times, activities for teens, craft activities for preschoolers, book clubs, classes, and more. Why wouldn’t you support that?
What I Wish: That you’d get a library card already. Sheesh. (I love you. Now go get a library card!)