I have been a public librarian for many years yet I am constantly surprised that people don’t know what libraries have to offer. People have asked me if we are going to close. No, we are not! Not everyone has the disposable income to be able to afford a computer or books to read for pleasure. In tough economic times, the library is a lifesaver for many people. If the people who ask me that question would come into the library, they would see that all of the computers are being used, the librarians , among other things, are helping people with their job search applications, helping them to download media to their tablets, laptops and phones, showing them how to use a copier, print their document, scan documents to their email, help them in our digital media lab where they can convert VHS tapes to DVDs, recommending books for them to read and more. We are busy!
Our library also has a huge Art Studio and Makerspace with Maker areas, A.V. Studio, pottery wheel and a Maker- in- Residence space to support professional artists and emerging artists. There is also a dedicated area for aspiring musicians and other performers. Libraries are community hubs where everyone is welcome.
Libraries, of course, have books, newspapers and magazines but they also have Apps for free digital downloads in the form of ebooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows and music. Libraries also have databases where you can find all kinds of information including scholarly and peer reviewed articles that go way beyond a Google search. Libraries also have free computer classes, free computers to use, programs for all ages including craft, gardening and other programs, story times for children and book discussions.
I could go on and on extolling the virtues of your public library but why don’t you get a library card and find out for yourself. Anything is possible with your library card. I have a library card, do you?