February is Library Lovers’ Month!

Young naked Man and woman in love are kissingby Maria Cox

This event celebrates America’s school, public, and private libraries.

With the quantity of information available on the World Wide Web at the click of a mouse, visiting a local library may seem archaic to some people, but libraries are so much more than a repository of books. Libraries are a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. They offer a quiet refuge.

For decades, traditional libraries have been vital in our communities. They’ve served as places to find inspiration, entertain, and enlighten. Today’s libraries, however, are evolving. In addition to being the neighborhood anchors they once were, libraries now serve as community hubs and centers of higher learning in some areas.

Take for example the county library just a few miles down the road from my house, it is sprawling, comfortable, and very modern. The library has activities for people of all ages; they even offer college level classes. Computer stations are often bustling with users, and meeting rooms are available to the public just for the asking. Cozy upholstered chairs invite you to sit back and take a load off. And the staff of librarians is always eager to help with computer usage, copy services, or any research project you’re diving into.

So, if you haven’t visited the library in a while, why not visit your local branch during the month of February and spend a couple of hours perusing. I’m certain you’ll find a bounty of excellent resources.

Helpful links:

American Library Association: http://www.ala.org/

Digital Public Library of America: http://dp.la/

International Reading Association: http://www.reading.org/

Take care, Maria

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