The Comfort of the Library

Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve and contribute to improving our quality of life. ~ Sidney Sheldon 

I love books…I don’t necessarily have time to read them often, but nonetheless, I adore them. I love the way they look, holding them in my hands and the stories they tell. This is one reason I love being in the library. But, there are other reasons, too. For example, the history of the library…some libraries have been around a very long time, which you’ll discover as you flip through some of the books. Peek inside any of the older hardcovers with yellowing pages and you might see a library stamp card in the front. If these books could talk! Who thumbed through the pages, reading the very same words that you’re reading now? Everything is a story. So, if you love books and a little peace and quiet, indulge in reading these five reasons why libraries are the most comforting places to be.  

There are so many different stories.

If you need an escape, the library is filled with thousands of places to go. Libraries are full of all kinds of stories to transport you to another time and place and allow you to forget the concerns of everyday life for a while. There are history books, comic books, children’s books, sci-fi novels, westerns, Christian books, cookbooks, romance novels, action novels, adult fiction, teen fiction and many more. No matter what your mood, there is a book for you! Embrace the magic and get lost in a story.  

Shhhhh…it’s quiet.

Libraries are full of people who are reading, studying or lost in thought, so it’s pretty quiet. In fact, the main rule of the library is to keep quiet. It’s a great place to go to find a calming environment and to get things done. It can be a great place to get homework done or to browse the new book selections without the distractions of chaotic family life or media. 

It’s a great place for kids.

Libraries offer entertainment for children. Many libraries offer special programs for children of all ages, with everything from toddler reading hours to crafts and even movies. Libraries also often sponsor a summer reading challenge for kids…and all of this is for free! The library is a great reason to get out of the house when you’re a new parent. Most libraries offer quality reading or singing activity times for various ages which means you can take your kid to have a fun experience while meeting other parents. 

So many resources!

Libraries have everything! They have computers, books, iPads, music, reference materials and lots more. They have tons of information and knowledgeable people who are willing to help you find what you need. If you’re looking for research resources and a solid WiFi connection, libraries are the place to go! Libraries offer benefits for everyone. They also offer access to newspapers and magazines, advice sessions, training courses and free computer use and internet access among many other things. The library provides a safe place for many people who don’t have the resources to look for jobs or search for things like housing online. 

It’s cheaper than buying books from a big bookstore.

Libraries are for everyone! There’s no entrance fee. You don’t have to pay. There is no waiting list or joining criteria. Just knowing that you’re near fellow book lovers is a good enough reason to visit your local library. After all, like books themselves, these people understand you.

Join the library! Get your library card and get cards for any children you might have! Teach them to love the peace of the library and teach them a love of reading. 


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