Planet desk | 13 January 2019 | 12:06 am
More and more libraries seem to be shutting down whereas they have been such an essential part of our community. Not only are libraries a good source of books and wisdom, but the environment they provide is irreplaceable. Here are a few reasons why you should visit a library, read there, and be a support to an insttution that has been a foundation to the building of knowledge in the society.
The silence : You will never find such silence in a non-solemn setting as you will in a library. It’s as quiet as a place of worship with the freedom to worship the pages of the book of your choice. The dignified silence is a pleasure to maintain and read in.
The choice of books : Of course this depends on the library you want to visit but here you have the choice to pick a book of your choice and do that again if you change your mind! A personal shelf rarely offers as much freedom and variety as that of a library. It’s paticularly good for exploring those genres which you haven’t tried or aren’t in your family’s library.
The people : When reading, some people seem to think you’re available or not engrossed in an engaging activity and they come up and disturb you with something less important than what you’re reading. Not everyone understands that reading can be ‘me-time’ or riveting and that readers don’t like distractions. In a library, no one will think of interrupting you unless the library is closing or on fire.
The study potential : Nothing helps you focus on studying like doing so in a library. There’s no pet, family member, household errand, food item or phone that can disturb you here due to the strict rules of a library. Also, the studious silence and the presense of others engrossed in books help create the perfect ambiance for studying.
The hidden gems in library books : Library books hold tangible evidence of the others who read them. The underlined paragraphs to notes in the margin in non-fiction books can be incredbly helpful when researching; even the broken spines reveal the best bits of fiction books. One can even find creative bookmarks or interesting comments on the book. The London Library found books with Bram Stoker’s annotations in their collection. Who know’s what you an find in yours!
Real life recommendations : The book recommendations you get in a library are far superior than online ones. A website uses algorithms to choose similar books on the basis of keywords and the release date, and the site often suggests whatever author the site is paid to promote. However, the books recommended by real people who read a lot and have actually read the books they’re suggesting has far better relavence than a recommendation by a bot.
Potential friends : From the librarian to other patrons, the people you meet amongst the shelves can become friends even if you go there for reading privacy. The simple acquaintances with you exchange some whispers with can grow to become a close friend. After all, you both already share a love of books.
Cost effective : Buying books becomes expensive when you’re a voraciaous reader and a library gives you access to a lot of books for the price of just a few books.