When I moved to Texas, I discovered the wonders of the University of Houston library and all the things the librarians could do to assist me in my studies. When the grandkids came to live with us, we reacquainted ourselves with our local public library. Even today, as my BH and I travel, we generally stop in the local library to take a look around.
It is National Library Week, and I thought I would take a few moments to suggest how YOU can help your library. Libraries provide so much for all of us that sometimes we forget we can do some payback.
1. Donate a book or books to the library. When the grandkids outgrew books, we would take them to the local public library and donate them. The ones they could not use were sold with funds going to the library.
2. At school book fairs, encourage parents to purchase a book and donate it in their children's names.
3. Buy two copies of that latest bestseller and donate one to the library.
4. Volunteer. Do a story time or some booktalks. Help out where you can.
5. Make a donation.
6. Write letters supporting libraries in your community. Send them to local papers and to the library board and city council.
7. Join the Friends of the Library group. If there is not one, start one.
8. Ask the library how you can help.
9. Help your students all obtain cards for their public library.
10. Collaborate with the public library on a summer reading program.