When I was a kid waaaaay back in 80’s and 90’s I really was not a fan of the library. In fact, the only time I went was when I was hanging out with my two older cousins. We lived biking-distance from each other in a small suburb about 30 mins south of Chicago called Matteson. They read all the time. Maybe it was because their mom “highly encourged” them to or maybe it was because they truly enjoyed it. I’m still not sure. Either way, the library was never a one of my “go-to” places.
When I went to college, the library was a place for small study groups and looking through tons of microfiche for research papers. Again….NOT FUN! After I graduated in 2000, the library was a place I never thought I’d have to visit again. Especially with the advent of the internet and Google, who needed to go to an actual building with books?
Until recently (within the last few years), I was doing a pretty “good” job of avoiding the library, but having one school age son and two more not far behind, the need to find out where the closest library was located became a necessity. The amazing woman in my life happened to enjoy reading and received her Masters in Journalism, so “reading” is in her blood. I’m thankful for that.
She re-introduced me to the library near our home. I was blown away by how much libraries have changed since my last experience. They had multiple computers, access to the internet, DVDs, Culture Passes and more. The one thing that blew my mind was the fact that I could actuall borrow books, audiobooks, movies on my TABLET!!! CRAZY!!!
One of the apps that my sons and I use is called Hoopla. This is a great app with a simple user interface that allows the user to access many of your local libraries assets. My mother purchased an Amazon Kindle Fire (5th Generation) for my 8 year old and 3 year old and they both love them.
The moral of the story is, the library IS cool and is still a great resource even though Google is around.