Libraries are so underused but why?
Since having M my habits have changed. No longer does a day out involve a drive to the neared city and a wonder round the shops. In fact, as much as it pains me to say this, I actually hate going shopping now! I used to love wandering round the shops, just window shopping, spending so many hours just walking. Now I still think I like it but when it comes to it I usually find myself getting bored and fed up after just 20 minutes (much to the hubby’s delight I am sure).
Now when I think of something to do it still involves walking but usually to the local park, or a drive to the local swimming pool, or a walk to the library. Things that are fun and can help with health or education really and things that don’t cost much money!
Why are libraries so underused?
The library is a much underused facility and this saddens me. We go every week to the local Bookbug and the session are busy which is great but if you go outwith the times of kids groups there is very rarely a child there. It is rare to even see anyone take a book out for a child even when a group is on. I can quite easily pick up a random book and find it has not been taken out in over a year!
With M we tend to take out 12 books over other week, sometimes every week, as she loves books. Sometimes she wants to just flip the pages of a book, or look at the pictures by herself. Often she wants to read the book aloud by herself and sometimes she wants to cuddle in and read with us. Regardless of this she always gets a nighttime story before bed, normally read from one of her library books.
We have focused on books since she was tiny. I remember sitting with her in my arms when she was days old reading (edited) sections of the book I was reading. Now whenever she sees a book she has to have it. She squeals in excitement when she sees a book. I love this.
So when I see books sitting unread in the library I just don’t understand. Going to the library costs nothing and you can have so many new books to read for a month. It really means there is no need to buy books (although I do as I like to have books sitting about the house that I don’t worry she will ruin or books that love so much I just have to get her).
When we go to the library she will get excited as soon as she realises what street we are at and gets upset if we don’t go into the library when we are close yet I have spoken to so many people who have not taken then one or two year old’s to the library, ever.
M got her first library card aged four days old. She got her first library books ages four days old and since then she has had so many. She even likes to choose books for mummy when we go to get some for me and loves the different feel of the books in the adult section rather than the children’s section.
I guess I have been brought up to visit libraries so it is natural for me to go to them. I did stop going when I went to uni and had no time to read between university and working but I have always had a library card and always will.
If you don’t use a library what puts you off?