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Why Should I Get a Library Card?

My local library played a huge role in my love for reading as an adult. I remember when I got my first library card . . . I was so proud of myself and treasured that card and the possibilities that it brought me for years to come.

In my family, going to the library was a weekly event. Each Saturday morning, we would run around the house gathering a ridiculous amount of books to return to the library. The whole family would load up in the mini van, our little canvas bags bursting at the seams, and head down to our local library. I loved that moment of awe when I would walk into the kids area and just see rows and rows of books and endless possibilities. I often made a beeline for the biography section and spent hours reading about great men and women from around the world and their contributions to society. The whole family would easily spend an hour or more roaming the library, and everyone would leave with a stack of books to read throughout the week. The rest of our Saturday was spent curled up on the couch reading a good book.

My family library trips and memories are just one of the many reasons why I think everyone should get a library card.

The library saves you money and space.

If you are looking for a practical reason why you should get a library card, then here you go. I don’t know about you, but I only have so much money and space to buy and store books. While I love to have my own personal collection here at home (and I do), I don’t want to be limited in my literature choices simply because I don’t have the space to store the books. The library is a great solution! A library card gives you free access to thousands of books, and at the end of the week, all you have to do is take them back. No storage required.

The library allows you to explore all genres.

Do you wish that you were a reader, but you just haven’t found a genre that you connect with? The library is filled with books written in all different time periods, authors, and topics. It was through my trips to the library that I found my love of biographies. I love to learn about history through the personal stories of others who lived through it. Take a few trips to your local library and explore the shelves. You might be surprised at the treasures you find!

The library offers so much more than just books.

Of course, the library contains other materials such as movies, newspapers, magazines, and audiobooks. But did you know that your local library offers events for the community? Really! The library is always offering read-aloud story time for kids and moms, guest speakers, family gatherings, and more! The library is a great local staple that brings the community together . . . why not be a part of it?

The library offers reading motivation.

Every summer, my library offered a summer reading program. Right after school was out, my mom would take us to the library and we would get registered for the summer reading program and ogle at all the prizes we wanted to earn. All summer we would read and read and read. We would read by ourselves, we would read out loud together, and we would listen to audiobooks in the car. Soon, we were scooping up prizes left and right! Because of a little reading program and some prizes, my sisters and I were motivated to read thousands of pages each summer. The library can motivate you too! Check out your local library and see what reading programs they are offering this time of year. It is worth getting involved, I promise!

The library offers a work space away from home.

When I was in fourth grade, I had a big report that took me weeks to complete. The project required a lot of research and a variety of sources. Of course, my mom and I would go to the library and check out books for the project, but it soon became obvious that working at the kitchen table was too distracting. Pretty soon, my mom realized that now would be a perfect time to take advantage of the quiet little cubicles at the library. After school, we would load up, eat a snack in the parking lot, and then make our way inside. I would sit in that quiet space and get more work done in an hour than I had gotten done in days. If I needed a resource? The librarian was just a few steps away, ready to assist. I think people forget that the library offers a quiet space away from the world to get a little work done.

I could go on forever about my love for local libraries and all the reasons why you should get a library card, but then we would be here all day . . . and you would probably stop reading anyways. Just take my word for it and go get a library card! See how your local library can help you and your children explore your inner reader.

Happy exploring!

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