A study commissioned by the UK Department for Culture, Media & Sport has found that a visit to the library gives people the same boost as getting a $2282 raise. The study looked specifically at overall wellbeing and showed a significant association between frequent library use and reported wellbeing.
While I am here to trumpet the library aspect, a similar correlation was found with dancing, swimming and going to plays. I’d also make sure to remind everyone that this is an association and not causation. Further studies will need to be done to see how much causation exists (if any).
HuffPo has a great post on why you should be taking your child to the library. It begins with the author of the article talking about using the library as a child and learning to write her name just in order to get her own library card.
She then goes on to list five reasons to use the library as a parent with your child:
- Reading is brain food, and using the library leads to more reading.
- You gain access to more books and other materials than you could buy on your own.
- Your children’s librarian can tell you about books you would otherwise have missed.
- Libraries are not shushing places anymore, they are active and fun.
- A library card teaches responsibility.
I would add a couple more:
- You have access to a variety of free programs for your child to participate in right at their developmental level.
- You can meet other parents with children your age and have impromptu playdates right in the library.
- You can grab books and movies for yourself too!
I just can’t stop giggling at these fifties-style paperback covers converted to library humor. There are things here for everyone who has worked in a library:
Marilyn Nelson: ‘Many performance poets seem to believe that yelling a poem makes it comprehensible’ – GalleyCat http://buff.ly/1orhlAH
Lifehacker is one of my go-to blogs for all sorts of things. They do amazing posts about technology, but also about a wild blend of topics that both help and surprise.
Today they posted an article about Google Drive and how to make it act more like Office or other desktop suites. But beyond that, they go through many features that you may not know about such as add-ons, scripts, and working offline.
This would make a very rich course to offer the public since it is free but also more robust than most users think. Even if you aren’t looking for another technology course to offer, these tips will make your own use of Google Drive a much better experience.