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Importance of Libraries

Updated on August 27, 2013

Why Visit Your Local Library?

Books are so important to life and society that communities everywhere have opened up libraries to help educate the people and provide books at no charge. Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin understood this concept so well that he created America’s first public library long before the United States was fully formed. Even though times have changed greatly since the 18th century, the need for libraries still remains.

About two years ago the county where I live planned to close a local library branch — the library closest to my house — citing that a new larger library would soon open up that wasn’t “too far” away from the other. While the distance wasn’t more than 2 miles away from my old library, the location and traffic patterns would prove to make the library more difficult to get to and out of.

The thought of the county closing a library down that was less than 5 years old was astounding to me. What a waste of money (and time) spent building and mapping out the area! Surprisingly the community rallied around the small library, creating bumper stickers and t-shirts, signing petitions and meeting with local businesses and government officials to change the plans. The library was eventually saved from closing and I tend to go there with my three children more often than ever now.

Read from a traditional book or e-book.
Read from a traditional book or e-book. | Source

Benefits of Libraries

So other than the obvious option of borrowing books for free, what are some of the other benefits of your local branch?

  • Digital downloads of e-books – you "rent" these books and "return" them later electronically
  • Social groups, such as the “loop group” (a group of people that knit or crochet) that encourages community harmony and together-ness.
  • Study groups — hints for standardized tests and professional tutors that donate time.
  • Saves money— no more spending money on books and video rentals.
  • Encourages good grades — Show your children the benefits of books, such as fun learning and teaching about things you don’t already know.
  • Summer activities — such as story time, puppet shows and coloring pages.
  • Educational options — online classes offered electronically through the library system

In summary, don’t think of your library as old fashion or out of date, instead think of it as retro-cool, or old-school and a great way to fill your time without getting too tech dependent on fun.

How Often Do You Visit the Library?

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      Bahin Ameri 5 years ago from California

      Great hub! Some of my fondest memories of childhood are visiting the public library with my mom every week. I was in the book club for kids which had a weekly reading list. The kids who read the most from the list got fun awards. It truly instilled a love of reading within me at a very young age. Voted up!

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      Diane Lockridge 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Our county in Georgia has pretty high taxes, but I almost think it's worth it due to the great library system we have, and all the parks my kids can play at. They're award-winning too!

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      Christin Sander 5 years ago from Midwest

      I miss the library! We live out of city limits now and so they charge hundreds of dollars for us to get a library card - so unfair. When I grew up in town I loved the library I was there ALL the time - I miss that :) I agree library time can really give kids the initiative to love to read and learn.