Did y’all know that September is Library Card Sign-Up Month? If you have been hanging around here for awhile I know you do. So my challenge to you is to spread the word wide and loud that it is time for people to get on board the Library Train!
Libraries have gotten a lot of flack this year. I have heard everything from they are no longer relevant to publishers withholding new releases because they impact sales. So I wanted to put my two cents in on why I think all of that is hogwash!
Libraries have been a huge part of my life since I was born. I have a crazy awesome family but we were not well off. We went through periods of assistance and other times where getting new things was just not a luxury we could afford. For parents raising an avid reader, this meant we were all over the library system. I made weekly (sometimes 2, 3, 4x a week) jaunts to pick up new books. Even as we got to where we could afford more things, I read entirely to fast for it to be practical to buy all the new books I wanted. The library was my place. It still is my place.
In my 20s, I was broke as a joke. I think most people are when first becoming adults. Libraries helped me with job searches, internet (when I couldn’t afford it at home), and community. I was able to go there to find out how to fix things (so I could save on a professional) and escape into a fictional world when things were tough in the real one. In my 30s and 40s, I have used the library to try new authors and narrators. Then as I found those I loved, I went on to buy their titles. Feeling comfortable in my purchasing decision because the library let me find them. I have learned to knit and have attempted to quilt. I have used the library for events and meeting new people. I volunteered at ALA TX this year because I felt it was a great way to support the staffs that I love. Finally, as the job market has changed and I have gone through lay-offs the library kept my head above water and helped me plan my next move.
The truth is, I don’t ever see libraries being irrelevant. They offer so many services and provide a much needed place to go when other resources are not available. They offer a way to preserve your dignity while job searching and bettering yourself. They offer ways to get help with everything from taxes to schoolwork. They offer readers a way to continue reading and not causing a budget crises.
In the end, libraries need our help and our voice to make sure that they continue to exist! So share your love of libraries very loudly this month. Let’s make them feel our love and support!!!!
During her non-reading time you can find her hanging with her rescue furr children named after book characters: Lizzie a beautiful cattle dog mix (Pound Pup), Cinder a beautiful Shep/Pitt mix (Pound Pup), and Minerva a beautiful Shep/Pitt mix (Foster Fail). Gathering with friends and family, attending conventions, watching movies/tv shows, rooting for the 49rs, and crocheting.
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