Some years ago, I used to do a blog comment challenge to raise money for my local library, and I got other bloggers to join me. Basically, we pledged to donate to our local libraries for each comment or tweet we got. We used it to raise consciousness as well as money.
the heyday of blogs, and I haven't done the challenge since social
media splintered into a kajillion different platforms, but I still
donate to my local library each spring.
And in that spirit, I'd
like to encourage you to support your local library, if you have one and
appreciate what it brings to the community. There are many ways to
contribute beyond monetary donations. Here are some:
1. Donate money to the library and/or Friends of Library group.
2. Volunteer time at the library, friends group, or library board.
Donate books and other materials (but check first to see what the
library accepts; not all libraries are able to accept all materials).
4. Write to your local officials (at whatever level of government funds your library) and express your support for the library.
5. Attend local-government meetings at which library funding is discussed and voted on.
And the most fun way: Use your library! Circulation statistics may help demonstrate the need for the library with hard numbers.
We usually think of books first when it comes to libraries, but libraries do so much more nowadays. Including:
Lending movies, music, magazines, ebooks, museum passes, tools, and other objects.
Hosting workshops on a variety of topics (citizenship classes, job hunting, estate planning, history lectures, etc.)
Hosting arts and crafts workshops and "makerspaces."
Having book clubs and summer reading programs.
Providing community meeting rooms.
Providing free computers and internet for onsite use.
Hosting a community garden and teaching kids about organic gardening.
Hosting story time for kids.