I have a soft spot for my tiny town’s tiny library. I think most book people do.
Libraries run quietly in the background, providing community members books, internet, and movies. Not to mention a place for community events and a safe space for children to go after school.
But libraries constantly struggle. Funding is low and costs are high. And in the meantime they are constantly coming up with new and creative ways to serve their communities.
Here are a few easy thing you can do to help to serve your library.
Volunteer to help.
Walk right up to your librarian and offer your services. Maybe you can help update the website or manage their social media. Or how about shelving books on a Saturday afternoon. Maybe you can help wrangle kids during story time.
Maybe you offer help while drinking beers one night and the next thing you know you are on the library board. . . .
Let’s be honest, we all have too many damn books. And library are constantly looking for new books. It seems like a match made in heaven, right?
Every library has different policies on this kind of thing. Some library’s will take all types of donations, the new books are added to the shelves and the used books await a library sale or a super-awesome bookish craft night. Other libraries will only take brand spanking new books.
Talk with your librarians, they may even have a wish list!
As far as funding goes: people = dollars. I am sure you know that the higher the circulation (checking out books) leads to more money for your branch, but participation in events also can lead to dollars. So bring your kids to story-time, go to the author events and check out that book club.