It’s mid-July and most of us are spending a lot of time outside and at the pool. Reading by the pool or on a swing in the backyard are great ways to pass a few hours and get away from it all. If it’s too hot outside for you, then stroll the isles of a local bookstore or visit your library. If you haven’t been to the library lately, you might try it.
With a tight economy, most of us are watching our budgets. Unfortunately, that might mean a decrease in the number of books that we purchase. (not something I like to think about as a writer) Have you read all of the books you own? Most of us have an ongoing list of books on the “to read” list. So many books, so little time. lol
I think there are many reasons to see what your library has to offer. Children reading programs for every age encourage them to read books instead of spend all their time playing computer games. My grandson loves computer games, but his mother limits his time each day. He plays outside with friends, goes to the pool with his parents, and loves to read. At ten years old, he is not afraid of tackling Harry Potter or any other book. We have taken him to the library since he was two years old for story time and read to him. Love of reading is something that I believe is a wonderful legacy to leave our children and grandchildren.
Other advantages at the library?
The New Book Shelf – watch for the latest releases
Looking for a popular book? Put a reserve on it so when it comes back you’re next in line to read the hottest new release by your favorite author.
Most libraries have online catalogs that you can use at home. Search for what you want and make a list, reserve them and go pick them up at your convenience.
Your library may have book clubs, programs, and author events that you could attend for free.
Our library has movie nights, reading festivals with authors appearing for Q&A as well as reading from their latest book.
The Friends of the Library probably have a used book sale in your area. I’ve picked up books for as little as $5.00 a bag (grocery bag). The proceeds go back to the library for new books and reading programs.
Read all the books in a series.
Borrow movies or books on CD. I listen to books on CD in the car.
As a writer, one of my best friends is a reference librarian. They can help you with any kind of research you’re doing. They know sources you may never think of and are diligent in their search.
Many libraries provide book downloads and audio book downloads through their websites.
The best thing? It is all free (in most places) and all you need is a Library card.
Enjoy your summer!
Stop by the VBT – Writers on the Move website to find authors and books. It’s a great place to go!