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National Library Month: Library Appreciation Post


There are few places I love more in the world than bookstores and libraries. There's something magical about standing in a jungle of paper and words and time and effort from the authors. It's all there to be read and enjoyed, passed around and talked about. While I love getting to buy crisp, new books, it's not very practical for weekly visits... which is what makes the library so awesome. Here are some of my favorite things about my favorite place:

I Can Read As Much of Whatever I Want
As any avid reader knows, books are expensive. At close to twenty dollars a piece, it's hard to give someone who reads a book every few days enough new material to stay occupied. While I think that the author's time and talent is certainly worth the money, libraries allow me to read tons, support authors, and still have some money leftover. 

I Find New Books To Read
Often, I go in with a list of books I want to get and leave with a couple more because libraries are great for getting out of reading slumps. Whether it's from browsing the shelves looking for cool covers and titles or looking over at the display section, I always discover new books.

I Can Give The Books Back
As much as I love books, they take up a lot of space. Space I really don't have. While there are a few titles that I want to read again, the vast majority will sit in my closet till I find a place to send them. Getting to read a book and simply drop it back up allows me to keep reading hardcover books even though I'm short on space. 

It's a Great Place to Spend Time
Often, libraries have the best reading nooks. Sometimes, I'll go just to curl up in a window seat with my new pile of books and get the first few chapters finished of a new book. 

You Can Find Other Book Lovers
Talking to your local librarian can be a great way to hear about new books and even get personalized recommendations based on short surveys. Librarians often get the chance to read advanced copies and hear about industry events before the general public. If you are interested in anything involving reading or writing, your librarian may have suggestions for programs and contests. 

They Offer So Much More Than Just Books
Libraries are community hubs. There are computers to use along with research materials, study rooms, and even connections with tutorial services. These extra services are super important for me as my online schooling means that I need a place to take proctored exams. Next time you go to your local library, take a look around and see what other events and services they offer beyond unlimited books!

Links Of Interest:
Just One Day: Review Here
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter: Review Here
My Crazy Book Blogging Month: Article Here
The Serpent King: Review Here

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