Rediscovering the Public Library

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My favorite place in the whole wide world growing up was our local public library. The Georgetown Branch of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was a magical treasure trove where I could read as many books as I wanted, I could take them home, and when I was done, I could get more!

Needless to say, I rocked Book It.

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Recently, I’ve become reacquainted with the joys of the public library. As a millennial who spends all her money on avocado toast (kidding), the thing I appreciate most about our local library is that it’s still free to check out books for weeks at a time. This has seriously contributed to my 2017 reading goal. Seven of the 10 books I’ve read this year were all library books, and I’ve been reading more different kinds of books than I normally would.

Last month, I picked up two graphic novels, a fantasy novel, and a memoir. Now, fantasy novels are definitely up my alley. Graphic novels aren’t always my cup of tea, though, and modern memoirs just aren’t something I read. Having been an English major in college, I’ve read all the classic memoirs and autobiographies. Reading something written just a couple years ago–by someone who is still alive–was refreshing!

Joining my local library in Fishers, Indiana, also made me realize there’s much more than books available at a library. There’s an entire room of DVDs, Blu-Rays and CDs to check out (yep, also for free). There are private study rooms and public meeting spaces. Downstairs is a huge public computer lab, and the library hosts free events every week.

If you haven’t been to the library in a while, I definitely recommend checking out your local branch. Don’t get me wrong, I love the bookstore and will happily spend a lot of money on new books. But you may discover a treasure in your local library, and even better, you’ll be supporting your local library and the wonderful services it provides to the community!

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