Books have the power to change lives, so imagine the potential a library has to transform a community. Besides providing free access to books, movies, music, video games, and toys, libraries also offer programs ranging from book clubs to computer literacy to concerts. At Pages Unbound, we love libraries and the work they do, so we asked several bloggers to share what they love about their libraries. Come back all July to help us celebrate libraries!
To get the obvious out of the way, the library rents free books to people. It doesn’t get more awesome than that, especially to bibliophiles who can go through a hundred books or more each year.
Furthermore, I can get any book ever published (well, just about any book; it turns out university libraries are somewhat protective of their $150 reference books). For the low price of 50 cents, my library will search the country and get me any book they don’t have from another library. I understand some libraries have free ILLs (and I am sort of jealous because even 50 cents can add up!), but in the end, I think it’s a pretty good deal since the librarians are the ones putting in all the effort of fetching me the book.
I don’t subscribe to any sites like Hulu or Netflix, but I can catch up on tons of popular television shows and movies at my local library. Maybe I’m just a little behind everyone else (or a couple seasons), but I can finally figure out what’s happening in Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, or Game of Thrones.
Paperback for 50 cents and hardcovers for a dollar? I don’t even have to like the book to be willing to pay those types of prices!
Summer Reading Program
I have great memories of writing down my books and page counts all throughout school (It was like the original Goodreads in terms of keeping track of books!). The best was reading enough pages to finally win a book as a prize. And, it turns out, my library is starting an adult summer reading program this year!
This point may seem a little more random than the others, but other book lovers and bloggers will know it’s possible to acquire a lot of books. And sometimes you want (or need) to clear them out. Donating books to my library helps me achieve that, while supporting a good cause. It’s also a more affordable alternative to trying to give away boxes of books on the blog because even shipping can get expensive.