I love the library. I love books, I love the smell of books, and I love the feeling that comes to oneself when being surrounded by books. It’s glorious.
Sadly, a lot of libraries are not getting visited as much. Patrons that do visit are often simply using the computers or checking out DVDs. Don’t get me wrong, those things are great. But I still really believe in the original intent for libraries. Plus, if you’re not using your local library, you could be giving around a hundred dollars every year to something you don’t take advantage of. (At least, people in my area pay that much out of property taxes.)
Here are some reasons you should visit your local library:

Find more books!

It seems like every day I go into work, I find another book to read. (Now that I think about it, I announced this on my Instagram and Facebook, but I don’t know if I ever did here, so, side note: I started working at a library! I love it.) Of course, I don’t read all the books I find, but going to the library broaden my scope and teaches me more.
It may surprise you for me to say this, but, I actually like nonfiction a good bit more than fiction. For one thing, it’s easier to write, (unless you have to research), and it’s also simpler to read and easier to skip parts you’ve already heard before. Not to mention, you usually understand what you’re getting when you pick up a nonfiction book. That is not so with fiction. I do love a good piece of fiction now and then, and I do enjoy writing it, but in the long run… Nonfiction is better in my eyes.
And I say all of that to say that even if you’re not a big novel-reader, you can still get a lot out of the library. So just browse now and then! Or, better yet, ask a librarian what they suggest and they’ll search your favorites on Amazon to find good recommendations.

Slow down.

Going to a library and ducking out of the busyness of the rest of the world for thirty minutes can be restful. I work at a library, and it still feels like a time of good quiet. I often think libraries see more odd events than most realize, but if you only go for twenty to thirty minutes at a time, your chances of seeing anything too crazy is probably slim.

Read more!

Chances are, if you visit a big building dedicated to books every week or so, you’ll end up reading more. It just makes sense.

Side note: If you’re looking for a place to keep track of books (books you’re reading, books you want to read, books you have read, et cetera,) then you can be an old fuddy-duddy and use Goodreads, or be hip, and use the Litsy app. I discovered it the other day and it’s great. If you get an account, just go and follow me @levi. (Yes, I did get @levi, and I was very proud of myself for snatching it up.)

Also, here’s my current “TBR” list (To Be Read). Please let me know if you think any of the books are trash that I shouldn’t bother reading.

  • Pride and Prejudice (just a great classic I need to read sometimes)
  • The Way of Kings (HIGHLY recommended by a friend)
  • At Home in Mitford (supposed to be really good, my uncle loves them)
  • A Chance to Die (a great biography of Amy Carmichael)
  • Emma (another great Austen classic)
  • Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million (a story of finding the stories of relatives killed in the Holocaust)
  • The Diary of Anne Frank (duh)
  • Total Truth (my mom thinks I should read it, and it seems neat)
  • 1776 (a book about, well, 1776, and a good friend bought it for me to read, and I started it, but never finished it)
  • At Home in the World: {Reflections on yada yada yada} (a neat book by a neat lady)
  • The End of Your Life Book Club (not sure about this one, heard about it on the NYT book review podcast, and we all know they’re a bunch of liberals)
  • His Dark Materials Series (this and others marked with a star were reccomended by Gretchen Rubin)***
  • The Twenty-One Balloons*
  • Half Magic*
  • Anne of Avonlea (I read the first book last year and LOVED it so much so I had to read the next)
  • The Silver Crown*

And yes, they are in no order whatsoever.

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7 thoughts on “Visit Your Library

  1. Awesome post! More people SHOULD visit their library. We have many in this area so I pop in often. We can cross-check books from any library in our system with only one card.

    W recently had a referendum for a new library that would be “future ready”. Sadly it was shot down. For now. Not only are libraries important for all, but it is a wonderful asset for school-age kids.

    Some people are missing out on just how cool a library can be!

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    1. That’s so great. I love to just sit in a library and read or work on homework. My favorite time to do so is snowy, cozy winter afternoons. People certainly need to see how great libraries are, many people act bored of them.

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  2. Love your TBR list! Pride and Prejudice is one of my personal favorites, as is Anne of Avonlea. Emma was a bit slow for me, especially after watching the BBC miniseries, but it wasn’t a waste of time to read.

    I was thinking about applying for a job at my local library, so if you have any tips or suggestions, they will be very helpful ☺️

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    1. If you do end up working there, I am sure you will absolutely LOVE it. The only thing I think to mention is … jk, I have two. 1. Don’t be afraid to ask about things, most librarians are pretty kind and won’t be mad at you for forgetting stuff now and then. 2. One trick for alphabetical order is that when the next letter is a vowel, just quickly run through the vowels A-E-I-O-U instead of taking the time to run through the whole entire thing. 🙂

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  3. I make a point to go to the library as often as I can and usually stay as long as I can. At one point I tried to just start on one end of a shelf and work all the way to the otherside. We switched libraries though. A very business, seitching libraries. I tend to grow attached.

    As for you’re TBR list: Jane Austen is FANTASTIC. As is Diary of Anne Frank. If I could make a suggestion? Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (if you haven’t already read it) OSC is by far my favorite author, and Ender’s Game is what completely sold me on Science Fiction as a genre. Even if you don’t like Scifi, it’s an incredible book. Deep themes. Good humor. Just all in all an amazing book.

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    1. We’ve lived in the same place since I was about 1yo, so I’m grateful to have never had to switch libraries. I have heard of that, I’ll definitely check it out. I’m definitely bigger on fantasy than sci-fi, but I can really read anything. 🙂 🙂

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