Tomorrow is National Libraries Day here in the UK, a day to celebrate all of our wonderful libraries. Currently over 400 public libraries are at risk of closure but by visiting them you can help support them and also discover the joy of libraries.
All sorts of libraries are getting involved with tomorrows events; to find an event nearby just have a look at this google map. Tomorrow I am planning to visit Sefton Park library and getting some books out and also sorting out my pin number so I can download books. Yes, download books! Many libraries now have eBook services so you can lend eBooks from them free of charge. Here are a few reasons why I think being a member of your local library is a good idea:
- Free books! Currently I have over £200 of books out from the library. There is no way that I would be willing to spend that much money on some of them, but it is great to try new authors.
- Internet access! Oh no, your internet goes down in your house, what do you do?! There are a million blog posts clogging up your google reader and you suddenly have loads of blog ideas. Your local library provides free internet access so you can catch up with all these things online. It's also great for times when you're in between houses and waiting for the new internet connection to be set up. Lots of libraries now have wifi too, so you can even take your laptop/iPad down to the library.
- Specialist information services. Librarians are not book stampers, they are information professionals. Give us any enquiry and we will solve it (or at least point you in the direction of someone who can). We can help find you the perfect books for your essay, suggest you new authors based on what you've just read, help you trace your family tree or the history of your house, solve crossword puzzles. Whatever your question, a librarian will have an answer.
- A safe building to relax in. Libraries are one of the few public places you can go now and not spend any money. Spend a whole day in a library reading a newspaper and no-one will ask you for a penny. You don't need to keep buying coffee to use our wifi like you would in a Starbucks of McDonalds.
Who else loves their local library as much as me?!
PS, if you can't get down to your local library tomorrow, why not support them by signing this petition?