In case you missed my post a few months ago about National Library Week, here's another opportunity for me to bring libraries to the front of your mind. September is National Library Card Signup Month, and I couldn't be happier. The month-long holiday is geared towards students, with PSAs featuring sports icons (although it's hard for me to designate "true" sports icons from "not-true" sports icons: they're all nobodies to me) and Disney princesses, with whom I'm a bit better acquainted.


Here's an image of Belle "the Beast-Lover" Beauty reading a book out on a hill.

She's also apparently learned not to read books while weaving through crowds of musical shopkeepers and peasants.  Ya know, because your book will probably get knocked in the mud or chewed up by sheep at some point.  Use your head, Belle.  Nor do I recommend reading in full princess regalia - it just seems messy from a logistical standpoint - but I do appreciate the effort.

NLCSM encourages students to sign up at their local libraries and to participate in local educational opportunities hosted at libraries across the country, like free classes and workshops, readings and lectures by visiting topical experts, and book clubs.

But libraries can also be fonts of wonder and merriment even for us adults. And for all the same reasons mentioned above. Who doesn't love free classes?! And I've been trying to become involved in a book club for years. Why not one organized by your local library?

And college students, a personal note: you might think that you don't need a public library card, because you can already check out books from your university's library, right? NOT RIGHT. When I hear people say this I feel myself turning into the Hulk. University libraries are NOT public libraries and they do NOT support your local community. They are places for very specific segments of the population to congregate and gossip and (apparently this is quite common as well) have sex in between the shadowy book stacks, and on the off-chance that these other activities are exhausted, perhaps people actually get around to studying.



Now, by all means, if you're paying to attend a local university or college, use whatever resources and facilities you're given. But also keep in mind that college is temporary and, assuming you'd like to keep reading and educating yourself after those initial formative years, public libraries offer the cheapest and smartest option.

And, okay. Fine. Maybe you don't want to hear all this crap. "I'm just trying to get Billy Joe to notice me in study group," you might say. "I can't be thinking about the future, much less OTHER PEOPLE right nowwwwww." Girl, don't cry. I understand completely. So consider this. Next time some book like The Hunger Games comes out, keep in mind that many of your school buddies will not think to get the book from the public library. Therefore, by being a card-carrying member of the local literati, you're automatically entitled to snap up the book before your ignorant friends. MIND. BLOWN.


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