Today’s good deed was an easy one!
Today’s good deed: VISIT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY
I love libraries. I have three tiny ‘value’ cards on my key chain and they’re all library cards. In the quiz, Which Disney Princess Are You? I’m ‘Belle.’ Why? Cause I love libraries.
My last apartment was on the same street as a library. When I learned a second library was further down the street, I almost wet my pants a little (and by “almost,” I mean “I did”).
A public library is a glorious place. If you haven’t gone to visit one lately, please allow me to give you a virtual tour!
There are, of course, books, books, books there. Mysteries, fantasy books, Japanese graphic novels, historical non-fiction, and young adult vampire spy books, not to mention those Harlequin romance books on those little spindles that if you spin too fast will come flying off.
Want to read today’s paper and not pay for it? Go to the library! But give yourself time … the New York Time(s) that is! (Yeah, okay, that was a stretch.) Point is, your local paper, as well as many papers from around the United States, are just waiting to be read for free!
Are classics more your speed? Then ‘To be or not to be …” in the library is no question at all!
Is Shakespeare a little too classic for you? Then try a current New York Times Best Seller: The Fault In Our Stars. I read it before the movie came out. Most books are better than their movie counterparts. But don’t take my word for it. Read the book AND get the movie … from the library!
There’s a children’s section with picture books and tiny tables, an adult section with comfy chairs around quiet corners, huge desks that you can spread work on, computers to borrow, free wi-fi, music CDs, language CDs, books on CDs, magazines, reference books and even activities at the library.
Some of the activities at my local library include a Teen Writing Workshop, Baby & Toddler Story Time, Odyssey Pottery Crafts, a Community Blood Drive and, ‘Bark—Kids Read to Dogs.’ Kids sharpen their reading skills and build their confidence by reading to certified therapy dogs (which, btw, is much more successful than their previous workshop ‘Screech—Owls Sing to Infants’).
There is a plethora of wonder waiting at the library! And where did I learn the word “plethora?!?!?!” From the Three Amigos actually … but you can rent that movie at the library!
With all that’s available to you, what are you waiting for? Get out and support your local library! You’ll be glad you did!
Photo (Flickr CC) by Gabriel Rodriguez