When was the last time you considered going to the public library? Despite the fact that you might not have been in a while, these treasured local institutions – like Subiaco’s Evelyn H Parker Library – are still as active, vibrant and essential as ever.
Public libraries are so much more than just buildings full of books. They connect people to the wonderful world of literature, provide educational opportunities and represent a valuable community space.
Next time you’re thinking of hitting the couch for a Netflix binging session, here are some great reasons to head to the library instead.
They Make Kids Much Better Readers
Studies have shown that regular access to books make children better readers. With a wide range of books on offer, you can have a great time selecting books with your kids. Whether you read aloud to them or they read alone, it’s a great way of getting them excited about reading.
Research has also shown that children who regularly attend the library read better than their peers. By doing so you’ll be aiding their education and helping to instill a lifelong love of reading in them.
Librarians Are Trained To Help (And Are Awesome)
These professional book ninjas are professionally trained to help you find what you’re looking for. Think of them as a living, breathing Google, only they can get to know you and suggest things that you’ll love to read.
With the ability to reserve books online, all you have to do is log in, choose what you want and the librarians will have it waiting for you to pick up. Besides, which would you prefer when you’re looking for a new book to read: a smile and a chat with a friendly face or waiting around for an Amazon delivery to arrive?
They Offer So Much More Than Just Books
Pretty much every kinds of technology that you can imagine is now available at the library. E-books, audio books, DVDs, CDs and internet access – it’s all there!
Libraries also offer something that is much less tangible but nonetheless is extremely valuable in today’s fast paced world: a refuge of peace, quiet and contemplation. With plenty of cozy crannies and quiet nooks to curl up and enjoy a good read, a trip to the library can help you unwind and de-stress.
Free Activities & Programs
Your local library is a treasure trove of free programs that enhance learning and connect you to your community. With events like Baby Rhymetime, English Conversation Club, various school holiday activities, Book Club, Lego Club, Yarn Club, public education sessions, special guest speakers (like renowned cookbook author Stephanie Alexander), Storytime for preschoolers, the Subiaco Public Library has something for people of all ages and backgrounds. They aim to make the community a better, more engaged place to live, and best of all they’re 100% free!