We’re in tough economic times. One of many challenges is that in tough times, libraries suffer budget cuts–slashes is a more accurate description. Officials often cite that libraries aren’t “essential services.” I guess when compared to electricity and water, they aren’t. But it is certainly a fact that when money is tight, people turn to public libraries (and the knowledgeable souls who staff them) for help. Not just with reading material, though that’s valuable for acquiring or honing skills and many other reasons, but also for income tax forms, for special programs the libraries provide to assist with specific challenges. Computer use, a quiet and safe place to work. So many services are provided that aren’t deemed essential services, but are certainly essential to the person needing them. It’s hard to email a resume if you don’t have a computer. Libraries provide them for use.
Sorry. I get heated up on this issue. Our libraries provide vital services and a wealth of information. I appreciate them and I believe everyone should. So when you can, support your local library.
Here you’ll find a listing of sites where you can connect.
A great resource for free books exists right near you–the public library. If you want a book (mine or anyone else’s) and the library doesn’t have a copy, they can order it and let you know when it’s arrived.
WHAT YOU NEED:
A library card
The book’s title, The author’s name, The year the book was published
Most libraries have “Patron Request” or “Suggested Purchase” forms online.
See if your library has a “Friends of the Library” group. Pitch in when and where and in the way you can.
We all know the value of reading and the services our libraries and our librarians provide. Let’s do what we can to assure that books are available to everyone and that our libraries and librarians have our support.
No one can do everything that needs to be done, but everyone can do something. Those somethings add up!
Feel free to copy the “Support Your Local Library” graphic and use it on your family-friendly site and your social network pages. I created it, and grant permission.
To find libraries in your area, click on your State:
Top 10 Support Your Public Library Articles
1.Des Plaines Public Library, Now More Convenient than Ever! Patch.com
2.Bellingham Public Library Host workshops for Grant-Seekers BellinghamHerald
3.This Just In: The Hot Springs Public Library Sees Heavy Use Rapid City Journal
4.Caroline County (MD) Public Library, Central Library American Libraries
5.Libraries Changing with the Times Tbo.com
6.Using Your Public Library by JoshTank Lumberjocks.com
7.Citizenship Workshop, Princeton Online Library Princeton Online
8.SC State Receives Award for I-95 Corridor Study The Tand D.com
9.ACT Prep Course at Bartlett Public Library Suburban Life Publications
10. Bird Migratiion Flies to Rockland Library knox.VillageSoup.com
If your local library doesn’t have DEADLY TIES, simply print and complete the Library Patron Request Deadly Ties.doc.