This probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone reading this, but here at Pine Reads Review, we love books! Of course, it’s important to buy books in order to support our favorite authors and local bookstores, but that isn’t the only way to access books while having a positive impact on your community. Another great option is to get your reading material from your local library. Yes, libraries are a haven for readers, but the benefits don’t end between the pages of well-loved books. Read on to discover just a few of the reasons why we should all be utilizing our local libraries:
1. Since we’re all bookworms here, it’s only fitting that we start with the best-known resource libraries have to offer: physical books. Most libraries contain a wide selection of books across all genres and age categories, including sections solely dedicated to young readers. So, head over to your local library branch and pick up a stack of books without spending a cent.
2. Books aren’t the only physical resources that you can check out from your local library. Most also offer a selection of DVDs, CDs, magazines, and even video games. Hours of entertainment, all for free!
3. While there’s nothing quite like hauling a tote bag full of goodies home after a trip to the library, doing so isn’t always possible or ideal. Things like a lack of reliable transportation or dealing with chronic illness can make getting to the library a challenge. Plus, some of us just prefer reading in non-print formats. Thankfully, libraries have a wide selection of digital content waiting to be checked out. Library eBooks and audiobooks can be downloaded directly to your device in seconds, and some libraries even allow you to sign up for a library card completely online.
4. Do you have great taste in books? Well, put that power to good use by suggesting items for purchase at your local library branch. If there’s a new release you’re excited about, simply request that your library order it. Usually, they’re more than happy to purchase your suggestions if they’re able! And the best part is, authors still make money from books purchased by libraries, so you’re supporting them as well as your library.
5. Even if your library doesn’t have a book you want to read on hand and for some reason is unable to purchase it, you can still get your hands on a copy. What is this magic? It’s something called Interlibrary Loan, a system that allows libraries to borrow items from other libraries. So, chances are if there’s a book you have your eye on, someway somehow a library worker can get it into your hands!
6. While most people associate libraries with books, they’re also a great place to access technology such as free WIFI, computers, printers, scanners, and more. This is a vital resource for anyone who doesn’t have reliable access to these useful tools.
7. Another hidden gem that libraries offer are free or discounted tickets to places like museums, zoos, and more. While visiting places like these can be a blast, it’s often not accessible to many of us due to costs. This unique library resource is a great way to enjoy some of the cultural experiences in your area without breaking the bank!
8. When many of us think of libraries, we picture introverts perusing the stacks and bespectacled librarians shushing anyone who dares to make a sound. However, libraries are social hubs in their communities. The monthly calendar for a library is often full of events like book clubs, board game sessions, story times, homework help for teens, movie viewings, and more.
Did you discover any new ways to utilize your local library from this list? Or maybe you have a great one that we forgot to mention? Let us know in the comments below!
PRR Writer, Emily Pimental