Karen Scopetski's Blog
When many people think of the local library, they recall the strict institution of bygone days. They imagine the librarian who doesn’t allow speaking, and the only thing that they have are books, so why go—especially now with books so readily available online? The simple answer is fun and the connections that you can make there.
Long gone are the days of the strict institution
Today's libraries have so much more to offer users. If you are new to a neighborhood, it should be one of the first places that you find and check out. In addition to the traditional books, they also offer movies, music, computer and internet usage, and printing and faxing services—to name a few.
During tax time the library can be one of your go-to places for finding the forms necessary for filing, and sometimes assistance in learning which ones you may need. When you are new to an area, libraries provide invaluable information about the area and keep you posted on upcoming events. Local publications such as the city update paper and local parenting magazine, usually found for free at the library, often contain announcements ranging from local events to road closures and even services provided by doctors and other trusted local professionals in the area. Knowing about local services makes the neighborhood feel less strange and gives you a little more comfort.
Connections that can last a lifetime
One of the best endeavors that contemporary libraries undertake is to provide classes and programs for the community. These can range from storytimes and playgroups to yoga and meditation to arts and crafts classes, and so much more. Of course, there are also book clubs and GED classes hosted, along with various technology classes available as well. In these environments, you can connect with folks that may have similar interests and desires, or people who have greater knowledge in something that you may want to grow in yourself. These are the types of connections that may very well last far longer than your participation in whatever class or program you started in.
Find your local library today
If you might be one of those people that couldn't think of the library without hearing “Shhhhhh!” maybe it is time to give it a try again. You may find that you can’t live without it once you do. So find your local library and see what they have available for you!