The importance of the library

Hey readers,

Ever since I was a young girl I adored the public library. I used to go there every week.

 Even though I lived in the care system and other kids would tease me because apparently, it is not the done deal to read books, you should be smoking a spliff instead.

 I still loved going to the public library and it was my favourite thing to do. I used to get excited for when the day came.

 I felt so free to be surrounded by books of all sorts and knowing I could make the decision to which ones I wanted to read.

Now that I am an adult, one of my favourite places to go is the library. I love reading and the feeling of escaping in a book. It stops me obsessing about my thoughts for awhile allowing me to have a breather.

Libraries are a beautiful place for all to access. It doesn't matter about your background, age, sex, disability etc the doors are open for you to come and explore if you wish.

I love the fact now that I am a parent I can share my love for libraries on to my children. They too can have that experience in choosing books and learning. escaping and the enjoyment of reading.

 Not to mention that the library has a role to play in education as it provides the tools to further reading and help the child understand the topics that are taught when they are learning.

I find so much joy going to the library and just taking time to look around, knowing I can borrow anything feels like I am in Willy Wonka Chocolate factory for bookworms. 

I love that there are new and old titles you can take out. I like to time to read sometimes books, there is a sense of community when others are doing similar things to you. 

Even though you might not speak to anyone, there is that sense of community spirit.

Also, I go to the library now as an adult to do my blogging work. I use it as a place where I can get a lot of work done in a short space of time.

 Having that opportunity gives me a sense of achievement and I feel good after as I have not wasted time being distracted at home.

I come to the library as they offer invaluable service for my children to take part in the community by having library activities such as in the past rythme time with then they were younger.

 It introduced them to books, songs and words. I now can go there with them for storytime to help get them excited to read and be around other similar aged children.

 In the summer my library offers reading challenges and at the end the child to read x amount of books gets a certificate.

 My eldest loves this because feels proud that he has achieved something. Also during the summer holiday, they offer activities and storytime each week to go alongside the summer challenge. 

It is a great way to do something structured once a week that doesn't cost me a lot but helps my son's development and rewards him in other ways.

So, as you can see there are so many benefits for libraries, I am lucky that my library hasn't been closed down as it would be a real shame for a lot of people. 

Especially vulnerable and elderly as it does provide a positive service to the community.

Cheers for reading X
3 Little Buttons
Musings Of A Tired Mummy


  1. The library saved my life when I was a kid.
    Thanks for this thoughtful tribute.

  2. I am a library-lover too. If it weren't for the library, I would be spending a fortune on books!

  3. oh, You don't need to sell the library to me. As a child I ran my own library where I would loan my books to my friends and give them a little ticket. I worked in public libraries for many years and even ran the kids homework club for a while. My kids were never strangers in the library. It's a little different now, but the kids still visit the local public library with their school. #mmbc

  4. I used to love taking my girls the the library but since we've moved house we've never been despite there being a small one locally. We must visit soon x

  5. I understood every word you wrote as I also fell in love with books and the magical library at a young age. Every Friday I was toting the maximum number of books allowed from the school library to devour on Saturday and Sunday. #MMBC

  6. We just love our library so much!! We visit ours at least once a week if not more often and my boys love that all the librarians know us all by name.

  7. I'm 45 years old and confess that it is only recently that I have discovered how great our local library is. Now we are there all the time #anythinggoes

  8. I love books and I love wandering around book shops, but I NEVER go to the library. Perhaps it is something I need to change this year. And you are right, its probably a great place to do my blogging work :) #TwinklyTuesday

  9. I used to use libraries much more before I had children. We have so many books at home as I love reading and the kids have never needed any others as we just buy more! Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging

  10. Libraries have so many free resources and usually offer free events for children and families. Thanks for linking up with #dreamteam