A few years ago, we ran a post that talked about many of the different reasons people used the library. It covered lots of typical uses like taking out books, magazines, and DVDs, using our WiFi or public computers, and attending meetings. While these reasons are still a very big part of why many of our patrons use the library, there are now many more.
- taking out books, magazines, DVDs, and audiobooks
- Downloading eBooks and Audiobooks from our online collection
- Doing volunteer hours, either as a student or adult
- Using our free WiFi, or public computers
- Photocopying, printing, emailing, and scanning items
- Tutoring, taking exams
- Doing puzzles
- Taking part in programs for children, teens, and adults
- Book club meetings
- Tech tutoring sessions
- Adult colouring
- Regular class visits
- Visits from Sparks and Brownies
- Relaxing on our couches, reading
- Taking advantage of A/C in the summer, and warm spaces in the winter
- Special workshops and events
- Free Comic Book Day
- Reading Programs
- Literacy Tutoring
- Books for sale
- Borrowing a museum pass for the whole family
There are so many reasons people visit the library each day, but one of the nicest things is that we see many of the same faces day after day. It’s wonderful to be able to have a conversation with a young person who comes here after school just to “hang out” and read while waiting for a parent to pick them up. It’s just as satisfying to talk with someone who drops in everyday to work on whatever puzzle is out on the back table. When students come for regular tutoring, the library is a safe space, and they are greeted with friendly faces they’ve seen before, and that can mean a lot to a child. And for some, the library is their only real means of connection each day, and coming in to get a movie or choose some books means they’ll be able to tell someone about their day, or just commiserate about the weather.
In every community, the library is a social hub, a safe place, a learning zone, a technology port, a comfortable temperature, a game center, and most importantly—-free. All you need is a library card. If you haven’t been to the library in some time, why not drop by to see what’s happening? We’re always glad to see you!
So….why do YOU come to the library?