Hear me out.
I have to believe that most of you who read Book Journey are in fact lovers of the written word. A great percentage of you are not only readers, but reviewers and book bloggers such as myself. And quite honestly a library challenge may not be all that appealing to a book reviewer/blogger as we receive so many books for review in the mail that there is no need for a stop at your local library.
Hear me out.
HOWEVER, it would be remiss of me and perhaps you as well – if we did not acknowledge the struggle most of our libraries go through to show their worth in the modern-day of e-readers, and of course the ever-present pull of all things that take people away from reading.
I admit, I am not always the best library user. I am President of our local Friends group that supports our library, yet I have plenty of books of read at home to read and more coming weekly to my doorstep.
This challenge is also for me.
If we the readers that gush about books on blogs and social media and to our friends can not as well as promote and support our libraries than what are we doing? Not everyone who reads this blog is a reviewer or has access to the books through an e reader or in some cases have the means to purchase the books they wish to read. Our local libraries are simply a library card away and a book can be waiting to be enjoyed.
I don’t want to go on and on so basically this challenge will be for you to get to know your local library in 2015. If like our library, you have access to on-line holds, I suggest you do what I do when browsing blogs or other book sites; have the page open to your library reserve as well and borrow books as you see the awesome ones you wish to read. I will do it. Will you do this with me?
I obviously would be thrilled if you went the extra mile and found out what else your library has to offer and shared it on your websites (if you blog). For instance ours offers computer classes to teach people how to use their computers, IPADS, e-readers and more. We offer movies and book in the bag so book clubs can check out 10 books at a time. Anyone that has a start-up post for this challenge that mentions things their own library offers beyond the books will go into a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card (I know I know… that defeats the purpose, but maybe get a book bag if you win to hold all your library books 🙂 )
And of course.. there are fun levels of commitment:
1-5 check outs in 2015 – NOVICE
6-11 check outs in 2015 – ROOKIE
12- 16 check outs in 2015 – INTERMEDIATE
17 – 22 check outs in 2015 – SEASONED
23 – 27 check outs in 2015 – EXPERIENCED
28 + check outs in 2015 – GOING PRO!
Check outs count for anything bookish – books, audio, even e-reader book check outs (yes, libraries have these now!). Go… meet your library again and fall in love. 🙂
And a shameless plug for the Friends Of The Library. If your library has this group, consider signing up. It is usually quite inexpensive to be a member and your membership supports your local library. As book lovers, we are a huge community asset and by sharing our love of books with others we are breathing life into the written word and into our libraries.
Sign up today – write a post and link it here.. I will announce a winner of the gift certificate on January 2nd. I will also post updates throughout the year to encourage further library exploration.
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