I grew up in a home where we took advantage of everything the library had to offer. From summer reading programs to lunch bunch - the library was the place to be! Our library even had things such as Easter egg decorating, Christmas thank-you writing, and a variety of other fun programs throughout the year. The library was walking/biking distance from our house and it had a/c (our house did not!) Needless to say, we knew the librarians by name!
When Ellie was born the library gave us a free book and kids cd in the hospital and a coupon for another free book (if we went to the library). Free stuff + library being less than a 10 minute walk away + having a baby to read to = I'm there!
Since Ellie has been born I've been really loving the library! So much so that my New Years Resolution was to take her to storytime as often as we are able.
On top of this, our library is excellent and has lots of reading programs throughout the year. Ellie has done 2 of them. In the spring, her name was drawn to win a prize book, and this summer each child who participated got a free book and a sippy cup! How awesome is that- a library sippy cup?! ha!
All this to say, I've been loving the library lately. But tonight officially confirmed my love of the library.
I heard about the adult summer reading program really late, but signed up anyway. All you had to do was update your online account with short reviews of the books you read. I only got 4 books entered, but as my luck would have it (my family teases me for having ridiculously good luck in random drawings throughout my life) I won one of the grand prizes! Tonight I went and picked it up- a $10 gift card to one of my favorite stores in Champaign! Woohoo!!
Now if this doesn't convince you, I don't know what will--- go get involved in your local library!