The Value of a Library Card


If you still have a public lending library in your town or city, you are one of the fortunate ones. In the last few years, library closures – especially in the United States and the United Kingdom – are common.

Budget cuts brought on by the current economic crisis is one reason for the closures. Another is very possibly the way reading has changed. So many people are now only reading on their electronic devices rather than bound books. Personally, I don’t view closing of public lending libraries as progress. It makes me sad. 

As a child, my time off was spent in a library. I loved the sight and feel of a good book. My library card was important to me for it represented many things that I wanted and needed: education, a look into adventures, and an escape when life was a little rough. I still feel that way.

As an adult, when my husband and I moved to a small town in Texas, it was the library that sustained us for weeks while we were waiting on the internet to be installed in our home. Our access to friends, family and work was through the computers that had been added as an upgrade to a public lending library. That is the library card that I have and treasure today.

Many people have been able to take advantage of the availability of computers, books and DVDs in their public library. Going to a theater can be costly. Renting movies is an expense, but the local library provides these services without charge.

If you are one of the lucky ones, why don’t you visit your local library soon and let your city officials know that you would like to see it stay around. It not only represents the good old days. It is a great way to save money.



3 responses to this post.

  1. Public libraries will always be near and dear to my heart. I loved going there as a kid, browsing the shelves and picking out my allotted five books to put on my card. As an adult, I always came away with more books than I really had time to read, which meant a few chores didn’t get done at home.

    Now that I am living in China with the Foreign Service, I often have meetings in the room that doubles as a mini-library on our compound. I force myself to sit with my back to the bookshelves, as one too many times I have found my eye skimming the shelves for my next great read rather than listening to the inner working of diplomacy!


    • Hi, Michelle. I just spent a few minutes on your blog as well. I hope you enjoy living in Chengdu. I was there a few years ago and liked it better than Shanghai and Beijing. Last year, I gained a Chinese granddaughter as well. So, my ears often perk up when someone mentions China.

      Blessings to you – Stephanie


      • Stephanie,

        My husband and I are enjoying Chengdu. This is our second go-round here, as we were Peace Corps Volunteers from 2006-2008. Now we are doing the Foreign Service thing, which makes life very different this time around, but we are loving it (most days!) and look forward to exploring even more of China.

        Congratulations on the new granddaughter! I am with you, that with my China background, whenever I hear “China” my ears perk up just a bit more than normal.


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