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9 Great Ways to Support Your Local Library

Don’t we all just adore public libraries? The old buildings, the selection, the smell of aging books. It’s a deeply comforting environment, and then when you leave, you can take books with you! They’re warm in the winter, they’re just about everywhere, and they’re full of possibilities. What can we do to give back a little?

 

Check Out Books

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And really, how can you help yourself? I walk into the library thinking I’ll just take a look around, but I always leave with more books than I can carry. If it’s bad weather or you don’t feel like going outside, you can get ebooks and audiobooks online from many library systems. It lets the government know people use the libraries, which helps them get funding!

 

Go To Events

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Libraries have all kinds of events. Reading days, movie nights, classes and workshops. Want to watch an old horror movie, or learn excel, or meet an author? Check your library’s calendar of events and go to anything that seems interesting. Plus, it’ll make you cool! See above for how it helps.

 

Ask Questions

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Need a particular book or a book on a particular topic? You can also just ASK a librarian about upcoming events. Library use and attendance effect library funding, but so does engagement like asking questions. As long as it’s not too busy, ask for info or where a section or book is. Again, they take note of this to prove people use libraries.

 

Ask for Library Funding

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I can’t find an example, but I swear sometimes, when you go into your library, there are forms and petitions you can sign or fill out and mail or give to the librarians, saying libraries are useful and important, to show they’re needed and necessary. Ask your librarian if you don’t see anything! You can also do stuff like this yourself, but you know, if you’re there.

 

Spread the Word

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So true story, I got (lightly) bullied in highschool for reading LIBRARY books in the hallway, like that something for OLD people, but I still rep the library whenever I can. I find it especially ridiculous when people want to buy ebooks they don’t even know if they’ll like! I mean, buy books, but support the library too! Tell your friends.

 

Start a Book Club

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This is also something that get stereotyped as not for cool kids, but what’s cooler than sharing books you love with your friends and then all talking about it, and learning their favorites? It’s cool stuff, it’s a great way to get exposure to new books and new genres you may never read otherwise. Plus, you can all check out the books, and maybe even meet at the library!

 

Volunteer

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It seems obvious, but libraries always need volunteers! If you’ve got anything like time, fill out an application to volunteer, or go in person and ask what you can do. Some libraries also need teachers to run internet and literacy classes, or even just to read aloud to kids. But there’s lots to be done! If you have actual real life skills, you can probably put them to use.

 

Buy Library Merch

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Book nerd, but make it fashion. Okay, this photo has shirts, but there’s lots of stuff you can get from library stores! Totes, magnets, whatever you can think of, and all library themed! I get into trouble in museum stores, but library stores? Please. You’re going to have to DRAG me away. Not every library has a store, but most systems have them, so look it up ahead of time.

 

Buy Books

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Libraries also sell books sometimes! These are either old library copies which have been replaced or rendered obsolete, or they’re books people have donated, most of which aren’t really suitable for adding to the catalog, for whatever reason. But you can buy them! And the money supports the library. You can also donate to these kinds of sales.

 

Donate

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Obviously, if you can, just actually donating helps a great deal. You can become a contributing member with a regular donation, or just give once. If you’re going to do the latter, wait until someone’s matching (many companies and organizations do this) so that your donation is used to the absolute best effect, no matter what you can actually give.

 

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Check Out These Library Memes

Who doesn’t love a public library? Sure, a home library is an essential part of my dream life, but there’s something just essentially wonderful about going to the library. It’s like being ten years old again. My crops are watered. The smell of old books is everywhere. I’m living my best life. Most library memes are about how you should return your books on time, and you should, but here’s a broader selection.

Cliches can be True

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It lets you get BOOKS. You don’t even have to buy happiness now. You can check it out. Plus, what’s more fun than going to the library? Nothing. Literally nothing. CHANGE MY MIND. Someone actually tried to bully me for reading a library book. In HIGHSCHOOL. I was so baffled it just bounced right off. Like, yes? Don’t pity the dead, Harry, pity people who don’t understand the joys of the library.

 

I’m SORRY

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I’m a GOOD library patron. I am. I don’t spill my tea everywhere, I straighten out dog eared corners, and I wouldn’t highlight a book with a gun to my head, but picture this. It’s some time in January. I’m juggling the aforementioned tea and also eight layers of wool. I don’t track snow all through the library. I’m scanning the holds shelf. And then it happens. COUGHING. I return to the sea in shame.

 

Did Knife Crow Write This?

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Just… just try it. Start by reading banned books! Maybe work your way up! I mean, hell, if a librarian told me to do crime, I’d be like… I guess I do crime now. Plus, the ellipses, I swear. There’s a sense of dramatic timing. This suggestion doesn’t just have appeal, it has style. It has pizzazz. I might go loiter somewhere. Librarians made me do it! Just pay your fines on time. We’re rebels, not madmen.

 

The Hero We Deserved

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As a child, was there anyone more iconic? I mean, I’d use an invisibility cloak to read after hours, but this disaster jock? It’s why we love him, though, isn’t it? Sure, he might be confused, and easily distracted, and good at sports, but when Hermione says ‘Go to the library’ he goes to the library. Truly the hero we deserved as children, and still do now. No knowledge should be behind gates! Let me INNN!

 

ALL OF THEM

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Alright, it’s only tangentially library related, but someone’s got to know my suffering. It’s phonetic acoustics, not fluid mechanics, but I promise, it’s three AM and I’m crying. What’s Romeo and Juliet to this? The Fault in Our Stars who? I once went to cram just one more chapter of my Cosmology textbook, just really fast, and it was about NUCLEAR FUSION. We all deserve a medal.

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A Rockin’ Librarian Ignites the Web With Her Third Song

Will this rockin’ librarian’s debut song be a hit? Hopefully, because if kids don’t get the message, then we have a public service warning for you about a “beautiful and talented librarian” so upset that she’s ransacking hallways in an effort to locate overdue library books.

Looks like your school library books—from Harry Potter Books to The Hunger Games (Yes, even The Magic Tree House books), all have to be returned to librarian Mary Evelyn Smith at Liberty Elementary in Worthington, Ohio, before school lets out on May 22nd, or else!

If you’re concerned right now, don’t be. It’s a music video called “Bring Back Your Books” that parodies Walk the Moon’s hit song, “Shut Up and Dance.”

This isn’t the first music video Mary Evelyn Smith has created. Her first music video entitled “All Them Books Video” and was a parody of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass.” Calm, cool, it’s great music made with a stellar video.

Don’t believe me? Watch it below!

This 2015 song is really neat, and it was such a hit that she made a second one entitled, “Sorry,” a parody of Justin Bieber’s song of the same name.

It’s great, it’s funny, it’s got a slow but melodic beat. The only problem is it came out two years ago. In an email Mary Evelyn Smith wrote to 10TV, “I usually see a little rush of books coming back the day after the video is released… but regardless of the books, I’d say it’s 100 percent effective when it comes to building a positive and fun community here at school.”

So obviously she had to make another one.

This one is a bit different. It starts off on a subtle note by parodying a news broadcast with two students, an unnamed girl and boy sitting side by side with the phrase “Change Your Mindset” behind it.

They speak in what I can only describe as Newscaster-speak, something that reminds me of the fish from Spongebob SquarePants.

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The jokes are corny but cute, the standout one being, “Today’s forecast calls for a high temperature of your ice cream melts before you can eat it”.

The boy could definitely be an A-lister one day, something like Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy or Bill Tannen from Back to the Future, but the girl is so fun to watch, furiously chewing gum a la Violet Beauregarde before taking it from her mouth and rolling it between two fingers right in front of the camera. They both play off each other, which builds up to the tension when-

A GOOSE COMES IN WITH A MESSAGE! And guess what? It’s the iconic goose from the second music video.

What could be the urgent message? It’s far worse than any of us could ever imagine: a mad librarian looking for books!

The children are shocked and frightened, especially as reports come in about teachers doing “dance moves that they definitely are not cool enough to be attempting”. It’s funny and deflates any awkwardness from the music video that rolls in…

Check the video out below! The music starts about a minute and ten seconds in and while its a rockin’ song, the students give the perfect set up.

 

 

Mary Evelyn Smith also told 10TV: “The teachers have a blast being in front of the camera. It is nice to have fun and be silly together at the end of the year.”

Let’s hope they had as much fun as we did!

 

 

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Library Book Returned 82 Years Late!

This week, a book was returned to the library whence it came—eighty-two years after it was due.

 

 

Yes, that Tweet is from the Donegal Library Services, complete with pictures of the esteemed book The White Owl.

 

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Full confession here: I have not read Annie M. P. Smithson’s The White Owl, but I do know that it was published in 1937 and, according to UPI, the book was checked out July 23rd, 1937. It was due fourteen days after its check-out date.

 

A stamp inside the book showing that it was borrowed in July 1937

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Last Friday, eighty-two years later, it was returned. However, the The Irish Mirror writes that relatives of the person who borrowed the book found it during a house clearance at their home in Falcarragh.

Sadly, the The Mirror also notes that  “…with the average price being 5c per day, the fine on The White Owl would have been in the region of €1,280.”

That means the fee for The White Owl would have been around about $1,428!

Thankfully, Ireland abolished all Irish public libraries fines last January. Plus, the Public Library must be happy to have the book back, especially considering that senior library assistant Denis McGeady told BBC, “We’ve looked in the national libraries system and there are certainly not too many first editions of this book there.”

 

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