One of my favourite things that I see on the drive home from dropping Sophie at preschool is a queue of people outside our local library before it opens at 9.30am.
It is so awesome that people queue to get into the library! We love our local one, it has a lovely children’s section, with some toys for little ones which Matthew enjoys playing with while I read a story or two to Sophie. There are usually colouring sheets and crayons. There is a section of parenting books and resources, too, next to the children’s books. There are also loads of DVDs to hire, and lots of other books. They even have a coffee morning every Friday!
Growing up, each week I would go to the town library with my dad for an hour one evening. We’d look at all sorts of books – he liked crime and travel ones, I liked teen mystery ones – and borrow a few. It was one of my favourite parts of the week.
I think libraries are brilliant, and here’s why.
You can borrow books for free!
Yes, stop the press! Libraries lend you books for free! I know it’s hardly rocket science, but I really think this is an amazing resource that we have at our fingertips. At home, our space and funds for books are finite, so we can’t buy loads and loads of different ones. Add to that, our children are constantly developing and enjoy different books as they grow up, so we’d end up spending a huge amount if we had to buy them all ourselves.
There is so much variety
We find books in the children’s section that we never would have discovered without the library. I’ve also borrowed craft books for ideas of things to make with Sophie, and recipe books. You can find books on almost anything you want. You might discover a literary gem you never knew existed.
The Internet just can’t replace books
Reading stuff on the internet is just not the same as holding a book in your hand.
They are wonderful community hubs
Put simply, they are somewhere to go. I can remember in the early days with a newborn and toddler, I sometimes felt chained to the sofa, but, even on the rainiest of afternoons, the library was there for us, a quiet place to go for a change of scene. Libraries also provide facilities for the community such as Internet access, and information.
Reading is awesome
There was a time when I read voraciously. I would love to get that back. Reading opens our minds, informs us, inspires us, challenges us, entertains us. It is a wonderful skill and can be a wonderful source of escapism. Libraries give us books, and books are for reading, and reading is awesome.
Libraries: we love you. Thank you for always being there for us.