As a kid, a library was my only access to books. Ebooks were not a thing, and buying them wasn't an option either. From the school library, to the public library, I learned to love books.
During the schooling years, a library can offer a way for young kids to learn what they personally like to read instead of a teacher forcing them. It is a taste of freedom and, if used properly, can nurture the amazing imagination of kids. Why is that important?
The common phrase of "childlike" imagination is well known for a reason. Most kids can spout off stories that could never exist, and come up with reasons why things are the way they are that don't actually make logical sense. But that's the point, it doesn't have to make sense. To a child, anything is possible because they honestly don't know any better. Life is simpler because no one has told them all the constraints that society puts on adults. Kids are free to imagine whatever they want and books can be a helpful tool to keep that going a little longer.
If we always do what has been done, we will always stay where we are. Society needs people to think creatively in order to progress. However, school and growing up in general does a great job of squashing the ability to creatively think. Libraries and books can show kids what creativity can look like.
EASE OF ACCESS
Libraries offer a source of creativity, fun, and fantasy for free. With public libraries, there is not a charge. Even if a kid cannot get there, most kids have access to them through school instead. This is way more accessible (example: me) than going to a store and buying them. Kids need a way to go and get books that they can control on their own and libraries are an excellent resource for that.
HUB OF LEARNING
Not only do they offer fiction books for free, but they have informational books, computers, and sometimes even offer classes. For people who don't have the ability to pay for college or other continual learning, they need somewhere else to go. Libraries can be the center of the community that offers a place for adults, children, and anyone to come and expand their mind.
Teens, young adults, they need a place to be. Sometimes home isn't that for them. Whether that is by their own choice or someone else's choice, is irrelevant. They need a place to hang out, to come to after school, to meet with friends. A library can be an excellent way to satisfy that need. It is a clean, calm, and informational environment. Sounds like the best of all worlds to me.
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