I’m really excited to sign up for the Library Challenge 2015, hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. She is challenging everyone to use the resources offered by their local public libraries. I’m excited about this challenge for a few reasons. I have loved the library as long as I can remember. My biggest joy was getting to go to our little local library with my own library card and check out books, VHS tapes, and participate in reading challenges and other fun activities at the library. The little library in my town is no longer there, though I still think of it fondly every time I pass the building. When I was in high school, I spent nearly every day at the bigger library in town. The librarian was the father of one of my best friends. We were there after school, on the weekends, pretty much all the time. Reading, working on school projects or homework, or using the computer and the internet. The internet wasn’t something that was as easily accessible back then.
I think the biggest reason I am excited for this challenge is that I work at the library now. I’m always telling people about the amazing things our library has to offer. Not only can you check out books or audiobooks. You can also check out DVDs or Blu-Ray Discs. You can use the computers for free – you don’t even need a library card to do so. You can check out our library’s website and find books, movies, and magazines from several other libraries in our network throughout this part of Ohio. I love that there is so much material available and through so many mediums. You can also check out the Ohio Digital Library site to stream music, movies and TV shows and check out ebooks. I can borrow books and get them sent right to my Kindle. As soon as the checkout period is up, the ebook is automatically returned – no late fees. How great is that?! You can also check out audiobook mp3s and transfer them to your mp3 player or burn to CD.
The library offers a lot of great resources for everyone. If you don’t typically visit your local library, you should! There are often different programs, book talks, children’s activities, and more. Library cards are free and provide a world of wealth in knowledge and entertainment. Think of how much money you can save by getting free movie rentals, free books, free ebooks and free audiobooks, as well as music CDs and magazines? All while supporting your community and your local library.
So, back to the Library Challenge 2015. Sheila has listed some fun levels of commitment for utilizing your local library:
- 1-5 check outs in 2015 – NOVICE
- 6-11 check outs in 2015 – ROOKIE
- 12- 16 check outs in 2015 – INTERMEDIATE
- 17 – 22 check outs in 2015 – SEASONED
- 23 – 27 check outs in 2015 – EXPERIENCED
- 28 + check outs in 2015 – GOING PRO!
I’ll be aiming for the Going Pro level of 28+ checkouts in 2015. These checkouts can be books, ebooks, audiobooks – anything bookish offered by your local library. Since I work as a library clerk, I’m usually at the library a few days a month anyhow, but still visit even when I’m not working to check out more material or attend programs.
Library Challenge 2015
1) My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh
2) I’ll See You Again by Jackie Hance
3) Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
4) Dying to Know by TJ O’Connor
5) Mean Streak by Sandra Brown
6) Kennywood (PA) by David P. Hahner Jr.
If you’re interested in signing up for the Library Challenge 2015, click the button at the top of this post to check out Sheila’s post and to sign up. Let me know if you’re participating, I’d love to cheer you on!
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