Just a list of reasons why people love public libraries:
- Books. They have thousands of free books for those who can’t afford to buy 50 books per year.
- DVDs, because even people who can’t afford Amazon Prime or a fancy flat screen TV deserve to watch movies and shows.
- Safe, quiet space for writing, thinking, or studying. In high school, a lot of my classmates would hang out at the library doing homework, exchanging notes, making friends, and getting tutored by extremely generous teachers. In middle school when all my friends were at summer camp and my parents were at work, I would hang out at the library absorbing knowledge instead of getting bored by myself in the deserted playground or getting into shenanigans.
- They don’t ask you to leave or buy something if you’ve been there too long. Libraries exist for your benefit, not their profit.
- Community events like Toastmasters and seminars of special interest to the local community. Your local library probably has a list of upcoming events geared to all age groups.
- Free wifi, computers, and printers for those who can’t afford it. Not everyone is privileged enough to have a laptop or printer at home. If they need to print out resumes, assignments, or something else, they can do so for a small fee at the library.