Friday, 3 February 2012

Your library needs YOU!

Happy weekend! What are you doing tomorrow? Enjoying a nice lie in, some shopping, maybe even working on a Saturday? Why not add visiting your local library to that list.

We can do it

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


25 comments:

  1. I love libraries and it would be a great loss to humanity if they start disappearing.

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  2. What a sad day it would be if libraries start disappearing :(

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  3. If anything makes me angrier then the govts attempts to close down our libraries, its people who dont appreciate them!
    With the dawn of the internet its easy to forget how useful they are but the help ive got finding specif books for all of my alevel coursework from the librarians has been amazing!

    Romina
    ignitingbones.blogspot.com

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  4. I love my local library, and I'm lucky it's only a 20 minute walk away. It closed for a few weeks in Summer for repairs, and I was terrified it had secretly shut down! Libraries are lovely places, and it's a shame that so many are at the risk of closure!

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  5. Yay for libraries! There maybe a big north-west fashion blogger meet coming up will keep you posted! Sharon

    www.mypassporttostyle.blogspot.com

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  6. Brillaint post, its so true that we take library's for granted. I'm an avid book reader and normally purchase my books from a charity shop and then take them back, but i think i will sign up to my local library as havent done it since i was 13. xx :o)

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  7. I haven't been to my local library in quite a while because I have such a huge pile of books at home that I want to read but you've inspired me to go down there on my lunch break from work tomorrow and see if they have some specialist history books I need for school! I love libraries, and I agree - it's such a great place to go where there is no cost :)

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  8. Looove this post, might steal your idea ;) I really miss working in public libraries. I am really enthusiastic about my job and giving good customer service but I miss fiction so much. My local library is a little shabby but they always get the books I want and even order new books in for me if they don't have them. LOVE YOUR LIBRARY!

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  9. I've fallen back in love with my local library and use it on a regular basis now to discover new books. It's brilliant for my various reading challenges. I try to take my nephew as well when I can to encourage his reading. He has his own card and is always beaming when he gets to hand it over to the librarian. I can't go support them tomorrow as I already have plans but I'll sign the petition for sure!

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  10. I love my library, I have my local and Blackpool and I use them both :] Brilliant placesx

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  11. Hooray for libraries! Thank you for a lovely post. I'm about to ride my bike to my local!

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  12. Libraries rock! I would add to your wonderful list: Family-friendly place, story times, get messy with your children doing crafts w/o the hassle of cleaning up (although your librarian would appreciate the help). We also just started answering text reference questions at my library. Now, you don't have to ask those embarrassing questions in person, LOL.

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  13. I LOVE my local library, I visit every weekend for more books!

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  14. I've always loved the library. Definitely need to start going to the one in my university city a lot more!

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  15. I am so happy to see this post! I love my local library xx

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  16. Cool post, I'm following I hope you will follow back

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  17. Ooh I wonder if Australia has a similar event going on- I'm sure our libraries down here need just as much support! And I would have loved to sign the petition but I'm not a UK resident. Good on you for promoting libraries though- they are an ESSENTIAL part of society! :) Cute poster too!

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  18. Libraries are the best. We can't close any. It scares me that we are becoming more technology focused & things like libraries become obsolete. Nothing beats a good book!

    PS tried to sign the petition & they wouldn't let me because I reside in Australia ... booo!

    PPS thanks for all your sweet comments on my blog. Always appreciated.

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  19. I'm at my local library at least twice a week and I always tell people to go. It's surprising to me that so many of my friends don't go. I read a lot and I'm always able to get the latest book on express. It's rare that I have to buy a book because I can't get it at the library. Yay Libraries!!

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  20. Ah I saw this on the news, definitely important to sign that petition, off to sign! Hope you have a lovely weekend Helen!

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  21. This is a lovely little post, I've never thought of libraries in this way, I'll definitely show my support! Xx

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  22. I didn't make it down to my library yesterday unfortunately, but I am definitely off to sign the petition right away!

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  23. Thanks for sharing :) One of my local libraries is closing which is totally crap. I don't really use the library much anymore, but was always there as a child. x

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  24. Libraries are indeed amazing places! Thankfully, we aren't experiencing library closures here in my state, but I make sure to utilize the library as much as possible.

    I can't sign the petition (not being from the UK) but my mother in law is an author and did library visits for this cause, so my UK family is at least helping out.

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  25. This is a great post. My mum is a librarian and work is awful for her with so many people losing their jobs there. They've all just been handed their redundancy letters and have to re-applying for what ever jobs they get given. Libraries are amazing places and they do so much more than just loan books these days. x

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