March 29, 2011

Ten on Tuesday - Can't Resist

As you know, I love our local library - I've talked about it a lot in the past. Well, I could resist this week's 10 on Tuesday - 10 Reasons to use the public library.

1. It's Free! I got my first library card when I was six or seven and every time I moved as an adult I never felt like I lived in the town until I got a library card.
2. Books, books and more books! I've loved to read since I was little. I always had a book in hand or had my nose in a book. I've been known to almost miss a flight because I didn't have anything to read on the plane and I would hit the airport store to get something to read on the plane.
3. DVDs - our library has an amazing collection of DVDs and even gets them before Netflix. I'm always reserving the latest and newest DVD.
4. Magazines - why subscribe to People when you can read it at the library (between orthodontist visits)? I also now check out Interweave Knits from the library.
5. Kids programs - our kids used the library from the get-go. They have great toddler programs and even now have teen programs.
6. Annual book sale - great for donating old books and picking up new books - I've even gotten some great knitting books including EZ's Knitting Without Tears.
7. Art - our library has rotating art shows of local artists. They are wonderful and add a certain flair to the place.
8. Computer access - when we lost power for a week last March the library saved our on-line lives.
9. Knitting books - one thing our library will do is place orders based on requests. I've requested quite a few books to be added to their collection of knitting books. I love to go back to the knitting section every now and then for inspiration, resource info, etc.
10. The librarians - we have some amazing people working in our library. I've gotten to know a few of them quite well over the years. Laurie helped me get DVDs for my church youth group and loaned them to me for a month - what a gem she is. Bhanu knows I don't like a printed receipt (save a tree) and always has a smile on her face. Peg always asks after our kids and remembers when Miss America would check out books above her reading level (old ones that had been rebound in those funky covers) and would sleep with them (yes our daughter literally would snuggle with library books). The library is a house...the librarians make it feel like home.


Jen Sirois said...

Heck yes! I love libraries and heartily echo your list. I, too, don't feel at home in a new town until I have that card in my wallet and a new book in my hand. =)

Beth said...

Great post! I'm going to have to see if my library checks out magazines.