I was thinking of things libraries do that can help people make it through recession. I sent a slightly longer version to American Libraries to see if it would be worth shaping into an article.
Hope you like it…I’d love to hear what else you all might add to the list…
1 – Try it before you buy it. Money is tight. Don’t buy a CD, DVD, or book without “test-driving” it first. Come to the library and borrow it to see if it’s a purchase that is right for you. If we don’t have it, we’ll try our hardest to get it for you.
2 – Two words: FREE INTERNET.
3 – Bolster your business. We have access to databases and research tools that will help you reach new and different markets, even during tough times.
4 – Get the skills you need. Libraries offer classes on a variety of topics. Pick up your library newsletter or visit their website. You’ll quickly find you can learn new things ranging from basic computer skills to knitting to how to start a business.
5 – Entertainment. Libraries offer classes, events and activities for children and adults, almost always at no cost. A fun night out doesn’t need to be an expensive night out.
6 – Hold meetings that get results. Libraries often offer low-cost or no-cost meeting spaces. Whether your a school group trying to develop a fundraiser or a CEO trying to launch a business, stop in to see if you can hold your meeting at the library.
7 – Be a well-informed investor. The library has up-to-date stock market information that will help you get through tough times. Make smarter investment decisions with the most current financial information.
8 – Find a new job, a better job, or a different job. Use computers, books, newspapers, and more to find a employment and build resumes and coverletters.
9 – Regain a sense of community. Feeling a bit disconnected during tough times? Libraries are places where communities come together. Stop in and take a moment to take in the action…you’ll find it abuzz with information, people, and possibilities!