Gateway Gazette

Libraries Are Better Than You Think

By DAVID NING

img_2489For many of us, the library is not a place we remember anymore. If I ask my friends right now about it, they would not even know where one is located. Some might not even be able to guarantee that one exists. I conducted a survey at the front door of the grocery store where a library was located within walking distance and got the following results.

Last Time You Went to The Library

  • Within the last 12 months: 15.7%
  • Within the last 5 years but longer than 12 months: 7.8%
  • Longer than 5 years: 76.5%

 

Primary Reason For Going To the Library

  • Study: 21.6%
  • Nothing else to do: 9.8%
  • Regular event in my schedule: 15.7%
  • Don’t currently go to the library: 52.9%

img_2488Most people have not been to the library for at least the last 5 years. Some people actually do not like libraries because it always reminds them of their study days and therefore would not set foot in there unless they are forced to.

Only 15.7% of all people surveyed thought of the library as a place they wanted to go to. So after gathering the data, I also went to the library to check it out. I found that there is so much to do in a library nowadays. Other than having those books available, you can also read some of the latest magazines. Unlike bookstores, the library even keep past issues on the shelf where you can read on site or borrow them home. Apart from the huge collection of magazines and books, the library also has computer stations where people can surf the web. I went online to make sure MoneyNing.com was accessible and it was loading nice and quick.

The best thing of all is that the cost of all this is $0 other than the cost of transportation. Consider checking out the library next time you are thinking of something to do. It is an ultra inexpensive activity, and the increased comprehension skill you gain by reading is priceless.

Source: Money Ning

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