With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I like to think of something that I love very much: public libraries. Ever since I started frequenting public libraries as a little girl, I have fostered a deep love for them. I can remember the day I signed up for my very own library card. I was seven years old and the first books that I checked out were two about kid-friendly food creations and another one on magic tricks. I marveled in the delight that came with having my own card and my own books to check out. Over the years, I have only furthered this passion by being an active patron, volunteering at libraries, and eventually working in one while earning a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. Libraries play an essential role for many in the public and the ways in which we love them are endless.
ilovelibraries.org is a site that celebrates and acknowledges the importance that public libraries play in our daily lives. On their Real Stories page, everyday people reveal how their public library has played a vital role in their life. As a patron, I myself have valued my own library for its free tax forms, iPad checkouts, art gallery, new items, seed library, and much more. I have even checked out books before that I needed intermittently for my online courses, which has been a relief to my pocketbook. You may be surprised by just how much money the library can save you by utilizing its free resources and materials. I calculated the value of my own use at the library in the last 30 days, which came to a total of $216.65. You can find out your own total savings by using the library worth calculator.
Also, make sure to check out the video below to hear actor/author Levar Burton express his love for public libraries.