Thursday, July 8, 2010

Support Your Local Library

Do you utilize the resources available at your local library? If so, how often? And how do you give back to your library?

I use the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library (in Mechanicsburg) and other libraries in the Cumberland County Library System on a semi-regular basis to research for stories and articles, to borrow audio books and DVDs, and I browse the magazines for editor and submission information. Every time I go in there, no matter what day or time of day, the place is buzzing, all of the computers are in use with a several-person waiting line, and there are always shelves packed with reserved books and other library items behind the circulation desk.

The Simpson Library hosts a book sale several times per year and my mom and I always donate books to the sale (and then usually end up purchasing three times as many as we donated). Now, especially because of the budget cuts affecting libraries, it’s important for individuals to step up and support their library, which doesn’t always mean just handing over a check.

At the last library sale, I picked up a flyer for the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library’s 4th Annual Run for Reading event on August 14, 2010. Participants have the option of running or walking a 5K or a 1-mile fun run. I heard about the event last year but didn’t sign up because I hadn’t been running, training or doing much of anything physically. But this year I think I’ll give it a try. I’ve been making an effort to get back in shape, and running a 5K would be a great mini-goal to work towards. And, of course, if nothing else, I’d be supporting the local library.


Alpha Za said...

The Internet has killed my library.

Anne Greenawalt said...

Za, I know - the Internet has definitely had a negative effect on libraries. How do you feel about that? Do you care, or does it not make a difference?

Jeff said...

Za brought up a very interesting point. I agree: I think that the internet has certainly had a negative effect on libraries.

On one hand, I think the internet is great and having electronic access to books, textbooks, and journals makes things a lot more convenient and efficient. It allows people to find information more quickly and efficiently and in turn makes their workflow more efficient. On the other hand, I also enjoy the process of reading an actual book. It's interesting, because although I have several electronic copies of my textbooks, I also have hard copy versions of them, too. I like feel and smell of a book, feeling the weight of it, and flipping through the pages. I guess I like the sensory experience of reading an actual book, which is something you cannot get with electronic copies of things.

Anne Greenawalt said...

Thanks for the comment, Jeff!

This book vs. e-book debate is huge in the industry right now, and it's especially interesting for our generation because although we didn't grow up with electronic books, we did grow up with electronics and catch on to them quickly. Some people are saying that kids these days are growing up with e-books, they'll become their norm, and completely phase out paper books because they won't have the sentimental attachment to them like we do.