Exciting news, blog readers! This week is National Library Week, which means we should all get out of the house and appreciate our local libraries. As a part of this special week, libraries all across the nation will be holding special events to celebrate the public institution that is dedicated to the joy of reading. In these tough economic times, libraries need any help they can get. So be sure to head out and support your local library.
With the advent of more and more bargain bookstores, I know that I have been neglecting my library these days. But I have fond memories of walking to my library when I was younger and taking out stacks and stacks of books each week. The summer was the best, of course, because of the summer reading programs that charted your reading progress and offered prizes when you hit milestones throughout the summer. For me, the summer was always the best time for reading because school was out and there was nothing but time to sit and read and while away the hours in a fictional world. In fact, I’d probably say that the library was my favorite summer hangout as a kid.
Even if you’re not going to borrow a book, the library can be a fantastic place to hang out. It’s quiet, it’s comfortable, and it’s filled with people who love the same thing you love: books! Sometimes it’s nice just to sit and read in an environment that’s all about reading. It’s like being surrounded by the bookshelves in your room, but on a much bigger scale!
What are your library memories? Are you planning on checking out your local library for National Library Week? Share your library thoughts in the comments!
— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan