I haven’t been consistent with posting content for my Friday Favorites, but it’s been a shitshow week here in the US and I wanted to end my blogging week with something positive. Something more than a review of a book I rated highly or a flashback of a 5-star read. Not that those aren’t wonderful things. Reading a great book can really help you to decompress and take your mind off the state of, well, everything. But this week I’m going to give you something to look forward to.
Now, I can’t guarantee what I’m talking about here is going to be available to everyone. But it wouldn’t hurt to look into it if you’re interested. (A quick Google search turned up tons in my area.) I’m talking about joining a summer reading program. Remember those days of filling out a reading log in elementary school and getting free pizza and bookmarks and other swag? Did you know they have similar programs through many libraries for all ages? That’s right, all ages! I’ve been participating in my local library’s summer reading program for quite a while now. I’m going to guess close to 10 years. I’m sure every library had their own way of doing things, but my library gives you a raffle ticket for each book you read. The prizes are different for the different age groups, and I’m pretty sure the under-18 set get more opportunities for little swag items.
Through the years, the prizes they have raffled off have ranged from iPads and Kindles to gift cards and candy. There have been zoo passes and passes for other local places of interest. Candy, movies, gardening supplies, and, of course, books. There have been years I haven’t won anything, but that’s okay. There’s something about the process of filling out the reading log (it’s all online now) and cashing in points for my raffle tickets that just makes me happy.
Not one to utilize your library very often? You don’t have to have checked the books out at the library. You just need a library card. If you’re unfamiliar with your library, now would be a great time to stop in and get to know their services. Maybe you’ll never use them, but you may be surprised. Libraries do so much more than loan out books. That, in itself, is a glorious service. My library has movies and games, seeds and tips for gardening, teen art projects, kids art projects, author visits, adult crafts, classes on computer basics, they even loan out laptops now. I could go on and on. You guys, one of the local libraries in my area had a few free yoga sessions in a nearby park one summer.
Again, I’m speaking from my experience of my local library in the United States. But I’m sure many places have the same services or something similar.