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Enjoying the Library in My Town

Updated on February 6, 2016
My local library
My local library

Living in a town by the bay is fun! There are so many places to see and many things to do. Of course, this is applicable to MOST small towns in America. When you participate in your neighborhood, boredom becomes an alien word, specially when you love going to the library.

I love walking to the library. I get the exercise I need. The anticipation of getting to the library makes my walk a cheery one.

By the time I get there, I am in high spirits. I felt like hugging the signage and the flagpole. I look up, and thank God for blessing us a local library. Really, not all towns have their own library.

Reading is the main activity and purpose of a library. With the growing diversity of the American people, libraries nowadays incorporate a variety of activities and programs. My local library sometimes has movie nights. There are book sales and even bake sales. It also showcases special works by artists and authors. Most libraries also have free tutorials for those who like to learn English fluency and also become computer literate. There are also blood drives to support the Red Cross.

Abound inside the library obviously, are shelves and shelves of books. Books in many forms – hardbound, softbound, paperbacks, audios, Braille. There are also racks of DVDs for movies and CDs for music. There is a conference/meeting room, computer section and free WIFI service. Some libraries even provide walkers and wheelchairs, magnifying glasses and listening devices. Some have musical instruments like piano and guitar which can be played in an enclosed room.

Rain or shine, except in extreme conditions and during holidays, most libraries are open every day. Some are even open on Sundays. What endears me to the library is the values. There is TRUST, RESPONSIBILITY & ACCOUNTABILITY. The drop boxes outside show that the American people love convenience and also can be relied to return borrowed materials on time.

Yes, talking about convenience, there is an online library. And, when the book you are looking for is not available at your local library, talk to the librarian(s) and request for a copy of the unavailable book from another branch and you can avail of it in the next day or two. Or, you can even go online to do this. Check out my library -- so many fun things are happening there!

Know some places in America to see?


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      Amy 16 months ago from East Coast

      I was going to do an article on my home town of Manahawkin and stumbled on your hub! Our libraries here in OC are wonderful. I enjoyed your Hub. Not only do we live by the beach but also within a few hours drive our some awesome vacation spots. Best of luck to you!

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      MonetteforJack 6 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

      Thank you, PegCole17! Living in America makes it so much easier to appreciate life and find many joys. God bless!

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      Peg Cole 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I love your joy of life and your appreciation for the small things most people take for granted, like walking and the library.

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      MonetteforJack 6 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

      Thanks, moiragallaga. I also enjoy the activities in the library just like your son. One of my wish is being able to provide for a library in the Philippines -- a really free one and a totally cool one :)

      @Kerlynb, I thought I replied to you ... delayed it is, but truly sincere -- thank you. We'll keep praying and striving that someday there will be free libraries there.

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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Nice hub MonetteforJack. During our posting in the United States our family enjoyed the privilege of being able to go to the community library. In both Los Angeles and Northern Virginia there was always one within walking distance from where we lived. We spent considerable amount of time in the library and our son always looked forward to hanging out there. As you said, it is unfortunate that in some developing countries this isn't the case, including here back home.

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      MonetteforJack 6 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

      Thank you, Karen! And guess what? We, in America are so blessed to have libraries in most towns. In some third world countries, there are no free libraries, and when they do have a library, it isn't easily accessible to the public. Thanks for the comment!

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      Karen N 6 years ago from United States

      Your town really is lovely and the library was always one of my favorite places to be. I just love the smell of the books and the whole atmosphere.

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      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      Awww, you live in such a beautiful town, really. How I wish we also have libraries here so I could read and have some quiet and productive time to my self. It's nice to read how much you appreciate a library, which many people just take for granted.