Monday, April 13, 2009

Celebrate National Library Week

National Library Week is April 12 - 18 this year. Why not celebrate by availing yourself of services offered by your Library for free. "First celebrated in 1958, National Library Week is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support."[1]

Did you know that the library is one of the best bargains in town -- if you use it? Many public libraries have a Library Value Calculator on their web sites to show their patrons what it would cost to pay for the services they offer for free. (Check out this one on the Prescott [Arizona] Public Library site. It even gives their patrons their personal Return On Investment after taxes!)

Look at it this way. Have you ever borrowed a movie from Blockbuster or NetFlix? Borrowing a book is much the same thing -- only it's free.

Last year the average cost of a book purchased by the Darling Library was $83.50. If you borrowed one of these 350 books just once you saved yourself a lot of money! Needless to say, in hard economic times, the library usually sees a lot of "business!"

[1] The Campaign for America's Libraries. American Library Association. Accessed April 13, 2009.

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