Libraries have changed, but still Terrific!

Libraries are not the same 

from when I was a child, and I think you will be pleased with the changes.  Technology has arrived, and libraries are still so easy to use, easy to join and benefit from – but one thing that hasn’t changed is that they are still FREE.

Libraries are cool – in fact my son coined the phrase that the library is the original YouTube. It’s true, whenever I wanted to learn something, and my earliest entertainment ; I went to the library.

Nearly every community has one branch or more. Libraries are free to use regardless of gender or status. ✨

Easier to use than ever

DID you know you can browse your local library catalogue online, reserve books online, and EVEN get email notices to remind you to renew or return your books. Stressless 👍

New books, fiction, mysteries, movies, graphic novel, dvds, ask-a-librarian. Reference information, and it’s free!

A personal question here ……., are you a member of your local library? 🧐🧐 I sure hope you are. Libraries exist for use, and if the public stops using them…..

If you are a library member, when was the last time you checked out a book? Or picked up a magazine? borrowed a movie? borrowed a game?  Time perhaps to check out (pardon the expression) your local library?

Row of Books in ShelfI invite you to VISIT your local library this week, free, there is nothing to buy, and if you want a book recommendation- ask your friendly librarian

😃😃 They will be happy to explain to YOU how your local library has changed and improved.

Libraries are there for you,

just like when you are a youngster, and they offer more than ever – easier to use, and still free !

Support your local library !

“Develop into a lifelong self-learner through voracious reading; cultivate curiosity and strive to become a little wiser every day.” — Charlie Munger

About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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38 Responses to Libraries have changed, but still Terrific!

  1. I need to find the local library in the town I just moved to. I like to read, but don’t have room in this RV to buy a bunch of books

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  2. I’ve used the library in Penticton a lot. I like the metaphor “original YouTube.” Great. 🙂

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  3. I love libraries and also use the online options and apps. Sometimes I just go browse in the library for something to do. 🙂

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    • dfolstad58 says:

      I can so relate. I even visit libraries on vacation and in las Vegas there was a sign on the front door requesting no handguns inside. You don’t see that at many libraries!

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      • Gee Jen says:

        Libraries are one of my favourite tourist destinations!

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      • dfolstad58 says:

        That’s cool ! You love libraries also! I remember as a child going to the library every Saturday. There was a Freddy the pig series. Freddy became a detective, joined the circus, flew in a hot air balloon. No more Freddy the Pig, but definitely I enjoy reading, and even wrote a few short stories for my blog.

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  4. Joni says:

    I use my local library all the time. Because it’s a small branch I seldom have to wait very long even for new releases/bestsellers. I love the online reservation and email notices too, and the fact you can renew online if you need to. I even get DVD movies from the library.

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  5. LA says:

    I have a library card, but I rarely read physical books anymore…it’s tough when past and future collide


    • dfolstad58 says:

      I have an ebook reader but prefer the physical books, however libraries do offer ebook downloads in addition to physical books. You can support your library by downloading books as well. Go for it!
      Library support is funded based on usage, so you can still support your library by downloading books, borrowing dvds or whatever. Libraries also have other resources now, my library has over 200 board games for borrowing, and I hope soon we also have other assets for our patrons like telescopes for borrowing. Our patrons can also use a 3d printer, and teens learn programming at the library.

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  6. I love our town library, went just yesterday for my fiction fix as well as a book on the trash problem in America. Ours also has a maker space and meet-up groups and classes, considering out town only has a population of under 20,000 it is pretty much the place to go.

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  7. Julie Krupp says:

    I just dropped my son at our local library about an hour ago, group project due Monday. 🙂

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  8. Our local library is a great supporter of authors and often allow us space to hold panels and readings. Where would we be without them?

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  9. lorieb says:

    I too love libraries, just introduced my 2 year old granddaughter to our local branch. She loved it, keeps asking to go back. In fact had a little meltdown last Sunday evening when I told her we couldn’t go because it was closed.

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  10. Gee Jen says:

    Yep absolutely love my local library and enjoy being able to use the library apps from home too

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  11. I love libraries and recently joined our local Friends of the Library group and I am now their Facebook page admin, creating a page and a social media presence for them. We are a small community with a lot of empty storefronts and not a lot of prospects so the library is an important resource. I’m glad to be involved in this venerable institution. Thanks for promoting libraries Dave.

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    • dfolstad58 says:

      I also am an advocate for libraries, and enjoyed them my whole life. We would like to have Friends of the Library organization here in Penticton. It is not too surprising to Ilona that you enjoy libraries, thank you for volunteering to help with their facebook page. That is kind of you.
      BTW when I was on holiday in January I visited the Maui Friend of the Library and bought two books, nice little store and wonderful volunteer there.

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  12. krc says:

    Libraries are what I love the most whenever I live stateside

    There’s always a neighborhood branch to visit


  13. I love my library… Have been a member forever. What i loved most was the trips with my late Dad to the library. I now have my own library and garden but Dad is no longer here.


  14. 17 years and four days David. I was his favourite. Thank God for that. Mom favours her sons to this day. 🌺


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  16. Miishuangmu says:

    Absolutely agreed with you. The old library charms was so nostalgic.

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