Article by: Sonal Rai
Reading time: 2 minutes.
A library is nothing short of magic! Every time you go in, you won’t return empty handed and that’s for sure. Why go to a library in today’s age of the rat race? Below are your answers:
- Habit of reading: A well-stocked library and a passionate librarian is the best gift you can give to a child. A library card is her ticket to dream, to travel the world and to meet new people. With its serene atmosphere where everyone is lost in their own book, one develops a taste for reading which can then become a lifelong habit. And enough has been said about benefits of reading as a habit.
- Save some money: We all know that avid readers have a tendency to buy and hoard as many books as they can but it is an expensive affair. The library lets you read extensively without burning a hole in your pocket. You can always buy the book which you have liked and would like to keep a personal copy to re-read at your pleasure. You can also use the money saved from not buying books for yourself for buying books or sponsoring library memberships for underprivileged kids and spread the love for reading.
- Explore more with other bibliophiles: It is not unusual to get into a comfort zone of a genre or author. Often when you want to experiment, you don’t know from where to begin. There are umpteen sites online which will give you a list of must read books but none of them are customized to your taste in reading and mood. A fellow reader at the library will introduce you to a new genre or a new author that will interest you and suit your reading needs. I was introduced to “A Suitable Boy” via a friend and I loved the book so much that I ended up reading 3 other books of Vikram Seth.
- Stories beyond the book: Often you will find a note, bill, boarding pass which people would have used as a bookmark. It is always fun to wonder about lives of those people and imagine where and when they would have read the book.
- Special editions of the book:
When you order a book online or buy it from a regular store you just get a copy of whatever reprint edition is available. But it is a library where you find those rare first editions or special edition with author’s note and signature. I have spent countless hours in the library looking out for a different edition of my favourite book with different jackets and then picking the one which appeals to me most.
The list could go on! But if this isn’t enough, you surely aren’t a reader and need to visit your nearest JustBooks outlet to gather some inspirations!
Happy reading and keep discovering more!
About the author:
Sonal Rai is a voracious reader as much as she loves to write and books make up her world! Not to mention, she’s a great conversationalist and a world traveller! Stay tuned for more such articles from her.