Every year we make resolutions. Lose weight, exercise more, spend more time with family, or get organized. Invariably our determination peters out, for some by the end of the first week of the year. One resolution everyone should make is to use and support your library and encourage others to do the same. Public libraries are singular as they provide opportunities for education and entertainment absolutely free to everyone...period...end of sentence. No other institution does this. It doesn't matter if you are young or old, white or black, rich or poor, the public library and its staff are here to help you.
Consider participating in a book club, there are several in the system. Schlafly has the Global Book Discussion group that meets the fourth Thursday of every month. You can read fiction and non-fiction from around the world and discuss with others who are interested in viewpoints different from their own. If you can't make it, you can follow online through GoodReads. While at GoodReads you can set yourself a challenge to read a certain number of books by the year's end.
Consider doing BookRiots' Read Harder Challenge for 2018. This challenge is aimed at getting you out of your rut, to try new genres and explore new worlds. Some of the categories are;
- A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
- A book about nature
- An Oprah Book Club selection
For those non-readers, consider our vast movie collection. We have about 30,000 movies and TV shows available to check out, many of which are not available for streaming. What's more, we are willing to purchase titles for you, so if it is not in our collection, ask a staff member or submit a suggestion for purchase through our website. Try out some new music, check out a videogame, or look at the stars through a telescope.
Everyone will avow to the libraries importance, but if you aren't using us then we aren't feeling the love. So make a resolution to visit the library more often. Stop in and say hello, renew your card, check out a book or a movie.