Do libraries mean anything for writers today? Are libraries still needed by an Internet-driven society? Can libraries continue to survive and thrive?
Yes. yes. Yes.
Libraries are still a big, vital place for an educated populace to gather.
Authors should reach out to libraries to speak and sell or donate their books.
Libraries are still literary hubs where readers come together and serve the community in many ways, from providing job search services and making research documents available, to being a place for parents to find children’s books and for seniors to gather and discuss social issues.
The library landscape is uneven throughout the country, with states varying greatly on how many libraries are open, their available resources, their usage and attendance, and their financial support.
In 2019, according to Institute of Museum and Library Services, 1.243 billion visits were made to libraries, which averages out to about four visits per every man, woman, and child in America. Additionally, 227,000,000 visits were made to digital libraries online. On average, seven items, digital or physical, were checked out for every American.
Out of over 9000 public libraries, NY, IL, TX, Iowa, and PA have the most libraries. Surprisingly, FL has fewer than one-ninth the number of NY libraries, despite being a more populous state. California, with twice the population of NY, has fewer than a quarter the number of libraries. WI and Al have a lot of libraries per capita. Who knew?
Need to find where the libraries are? Try this resource: http://www.librarydir.org/
Another good resource is found here: https://librarytechnology.org/libraries/uspublic/
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies." —George R.R. Martin
"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." —Joseph Addison
"It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can
read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish." —S.I. Hayakawa
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