Did you know that September is Library Card Sign-Up Month?
I signed up for my first library card when I was thirteen. Since then no matter where I’ve lived, I’ve always made getting my library card a priority. As a mother I’ve made signing up for a library card a special occasion. My kids and my sisters didn’t receive their first cards until they were able to write their names. It wasn’t a rule of the library but a rule I had, to help share my love of libraries and show my children how important these kinds of public institutions are.
I don’t know where I would be right now without books and libraries. I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I hadn’t devoured The Baby-Sitters Club series as a girl or the year I read every book in the Anne of Green Gables series. Who would I be if, as a child, I hadn’t been allowed to ignore life so I could sit and read as much as I wanted, whenever I wanted?
Here’s how special libraries are according to OCLC’s 2003 report, Libraries: How They Stack Up
- U.S. libraries circulate over 1.9 billion items a year
- One out of every six people worldwide is a registered library user
- Between 2001-2002 there were more than 1.1 billion library visits
Isn’t that cool? As a blogger, the library has helped me get my hands on the latest books without me spending a dime. The library has also helped me indulge in my obsessions from cultures to religion, writing to education.
If you’re not a library user there are other ways of supporting libraries in your area such as becoming a Friend of the Library, donating your unwanted books that are in good condition, and even volunteering.
So are you a library user? Do you have a library card? Why or why not?