Ten Ways to Make Libraries Even More Awesome

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Libraries are already pretty dang awesome. They’re entire buildings where you can go and get books. For free. Of course, you don’t get to keep the books forever, sadly, but you can for three weeks. It’s just like owning a book for a short amount of time.

But! Libraries (sadly) aren’t perfect. They’re pretty awesome, but not OMGOSH I’M AT THE LIBRARY THIS IS SO EPIC. I want libraries to be the latter kind of awesome.

And here are my ten ways to make libraries even better.

1. LIBRARIES WILL BE OPEN 24 HOURS, 366 DAYS A YEAR

You know those weird days where you’re up at 3AM and TOTALLY NOT TIRED and you want to read and yet you have nothing, and so you must just stare at the ceiling until it is time to get up? Well, with a 24 hour library, you can just get in the car and go to the library and check out a book! And it’s also perfectly acceptable to go to the library in your pajamas between the hours of 11PM and 8AM.

2. YOU CAN SLEEP OVERNIGHT IN THE LIBRARY

The libraries will have special rooms full of beanbags and squishy mats and pillows and blankets that you can drag out into the shelves and sleep among books. Or just read all night.

3. YOU WILL GET FINED FOR DAMAGING BOOKS

You will still get fined for returning books late, but you will ALSO get fined if you rip/bend/stain/tear/dog-ear any of the book’s pages. There’s nothing worse than checking out a new, beautiful book from the library only to find that someone has left chocolate fingerprints all over each page and dog eared every other page.

4. EVERY YEAR, THE LIBRARY WILL HOST A BOOKCON

Like a comic con, but instead of pop culture, it’s all about books. You come dressed as your favorite characters and publishers and authors and booksellers/stores will come with stands and there will be movies and TV shows playing off in special rooms and, of course, entire rooms filled with squishy chairs and free tea and coffee and hot chocolate and baked goods where you can just sit and read.

5. PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING LOUD WILL GET KICKED OUT

It is extremely frustrating to go to the library with the intention of getting books only to find that people have taken over and are talking loudly and eating and basically not using the library like you’re supposed to use it. Now, librarians will turn a blind eye, especially if they’re teenagers. BUT NO LONGER.

6. THERE WILL BE SPECIAL THINGS TO HELP YOU FIND OTHER BOOKWORMS

Weekly book clubs about a whole bunch of different genres (fantasy, sci-fi, YA, contemporary). More book signings. Bookcons.

7. THERE WILL BE SPECIAL THINGS TO HELP YOU FIND THE NEXT BOOK

Boxes of reviews, sorted by genre, and you reach in and pick out a review randomly too see if you want to check out the book. Displays of books in certain themes (EX: Dragons, YA Sci-Fi, Fictional Books about Food). A wall with a list of TV shows and books to read if you liked those TV shows.

8. THERE WILL BE MORE RESOURCES FOR WRITERS

Rooms where writers can go and write; always supplied with tea and coffee and hot chocolate.  A monthly writer’s club where people can come and write and also talk to other writers.

9. LIBRARIES WILL HAVE “EXCHANGE PROGRAMS”

If you go on vacation, but are only going to be gone a week or whatever; not enough time to really warrant getting a library card to the library or wherever you’re going, you can apply at your library with a special program where you can use the card from YOUR library to check out books at the different library.

10. ALL LIBRARIES WILL HAVE A HUGE, ONCE-A-YEAR SALE

All the books that have become too damaged to keep on the shelves, the random, non-library books people have accidentally returned, and just various books people donate for the sale. All books would be under $5, and all proceeds go to a certain library program.

So! If you could improve the library, what would you do? Do you agree/disagree with any of the things on my list? How often do you go to the library?

Happy Friday,

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15 thoughts on “Ten Ways to Make Libraries Even More Awesome

  1. Great post! Here in South Africa it used to be that if you gave back a damaged book you would have had to pay a fine, it was great! Sadly now our libraries have deteriorated a lot and I’m not a member anymore 😦

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  2. My local libraries have sales of both donated books and “rotated out” books about four times a year. Most public libraries do, you should call yours and find out when they have theirs. My libraries have”what to read next” interactive pages on their websites, and the librarians have always been great at book selections, especially the YA section managers. Also, our main county library does have a writers program. I think a lot of larger libraries, do. They also have manga drawing groups, an adult coloring group once a week, a knitting group, and a local history lovers group that meets once a month! They also have classes for senior citizens to learn how to use social media. The only things I would add would he a soundproof children’s section and a cafe. They already have a snack room with tables and chairs and food vending macines, but freshly brewed coffee would be nice. 🙂

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    1. Your library sounds awesome! My library spends all the money on making the library look cool. It can take them months to get new books in just because they take forever to order them because all the money is being spent updating and adding new libraries EVEN THOUGH there’s a library about every ten miles. Extremely frustrating.

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