5 Reasons I Love My Local Public Library | via givinguponperfect.com

Today all the branches of my local library celebrated its 50th anniversary. We missed the party, thanks to basketball practice and dinner. So I thought I’d write down a few things I love about the library – you know, the virtual version of presenting it with a pretty cupcake and tossing some confetti in the air?!

5 Reasons I Love My Library

1. Its 36 branches around the city mean lots and lots of books! If the branch by my house doesn’t have what I’m looking for, I can simply request it from another one.

2. And I can do that requesting online. I can also pay my fines online. I mean, hypothetically, if I were the type of person to keep books way past their due dates…

3. Programs!! Mid-Continent has TONS of programs – for kids, teens, adults and families. I get a copy of its event catalog every season as soon as it’s out – and mark it up like a Sears holiday catalog.

(Dear youngsters: Back in the day, children used to make their wish lists by circling all the Easy Bake Ovens and stonewashed jeans Sears & Roebuck had to offer. Yes, on paper. Like pioneers.)

ANYWAY. From storytime and puppet shows to concerts and lectures to classes about genealogy, taxes or English as a second language, the library offers so many free, quality programs for the community. It’s the first place I look for something fun to do with the girls during the summer (or any season, really!).

4. A while ago I read a really interesting book about libraries. (I know…so many responses you could make here…) It focused on the struggle a lot of libraries have to integrate technology into their old systems and, in some cases, old culture. But my library uses all the interwebs! It tweets and instagrams and hashtags (oh my), and it does it all with a sense of fun and more humor than you might expect. Whoever’s in charge of the Mid-Continent social media accounts is having a good time, and I like it.

5. Last but certainly not least, I love the library because it gave me my first job, some great friends in my co-workers, and – believe it or not – lots of fun memories. And, unlike some of my other past jobs, I left still loving the place and go back to visit (albeit a different branch) on a frequent basis.

Happy birthday, Mid-Continent! You are why the public library works for me!

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