If you made a goal to read more in 2023, and you haven’t yet picked up a book, it isn’t too late to start. As a matter of fact, any time you pick up a book is a good time to begin the journey of reading. Perhaps you should visit your local library. It isn’t too late to get a library card! Whether you’re five or eighty-five, anyone can get a library card.
So many books, so little time
Do you have a library card? I got my first library card when I was in the fourth grade. We’d just moved to Sacramento, California from the Bay Area. My new school had a limit on the number of books that I could check out. Three books! That wasn’t enough for this voracious reader. My mom saw my need and took me to the local library a few blocks from our house.
I can still remember the look and smell of that tiny hole in the wall library. Uneven wood floors, rickety wire shelves, and the smell of old books – Heaven to this young reader.
The library eventually moved to a much bigger location, and I mourned the loss. But I’ve always carried a library card for whatever city I currently live in. Think about it – thousands of books available for FREE. All you need is a little card to give you access to worlds far away and near.
Now that libraries have entered the 21st century, you can also borrow digital books and audio books. Sweet!
- I can’t afford to buy books
- I don’t have room to keep books after I’ve bought them
- I can’t afford a Kindle
- I can’t spend the money for a monthly subscription to Kindle Unlimited
Recently I got a library card from the library here in Anderson, South Carolina. Just for kicks, I typed in a search on the computer for my name. What a thrill to see they had one of my books in their system!
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In addition to thousands of books, libraries are a great source for
- Free internet – you don’t have to feel pressured to buy a coffee at Starbucks to use their Wifi
- Book clubs in many genres
- Classes and learning opportunities
- Teen and children activities
- So many more . . .
Here’s my 2023 New Year challenge to you:
Get down to your local library and get a library card. If you already have a card, USE IT! Yes, Google is easy, quick, and fun. But nothing beats the discipline of finding what you need at your local library. Remember – It isn’t too late!
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