Ever since I was a young girl I adored the public library. I used to go there every week. Even though I lived in the care system and other kids would tease me because apparently, it is not the done deal to read books, you should be smoking a spliff instead. I still loved going to the public library and it was my favorite thing to do. I used to get excited for when the day came. I felt so free to be surrounded by books of all sorts and knowing I could make the decision to which ones I wanted to read.
Now that I am an adult, one of my favorite places to go is the library. I love reading and the feeling of escaping in a book. It stops me obsessing about my thoughts for awhile allowing me to have a breather.
Libraries are a beautiful place for all to access. It doesn’t matter about your background, age, sex, disability etc the doors are open for you to come and explore if you wish.
I love the fact now that I am a parent I can share my love for libraries on to my children. They too can have that experience in choosing books and learning. escaping and the enjoyment of reading. Not to mention that the library has a role to play in education as it provides the tools to further reading and help the child understand the topics that are taught when they are learning.
I find so much joy going to the library and just taking time to look around, knowing I can borrow anything feels like I am in Willy Wonka Chocolate factory for bookworms. I love that there are new and old titles you can take out. I like to time to read sometimes books, there is a sense of community when others are doing similar things to you. Even though you might not speak to anyone, there is that sense of community spirit.
Also, I go to the library now as an adult to do my blogging work. I use it as a place where I can get a lot of work done in a short space of time. Having that opportunity gives me a sense of achievement and I feel good after as I have not wasted time being distracted at home.
I come to the library as they offer invaluable service for my children to take part in the community by having library activities such as in the past rythme time with then they were younger. It introduced them to books, songs and words. I now can go there with them for storytime to help get them excited to read and be around other similar aged children. In the summer my library offers reading challenges and at the end the child to read x amount of books gets a certificate. My eldest loves this because feels proud that he has achieved something. Also during the summer holiday, they offer activities and story time each week to go alongside the summer challenge. It is a great way to do something structured once a week that doesn’t cost me a lot but helps my son’s development and rewards him in other ways.
So, as you can see there are so many benefits for libraries, I am lucky that my library hasn’t been closed down as it would be a real shame for a lot of people. Especially vulnerable and elderly as it does provide a positive service to the community.
Cheers for reading X