Do you have a library card?
I think every quilter (and every person for that matter) should have a library card.
In addition to my quilting career, I work part-time as a librarian at my small hometown library. So many people have come into our beautiful library and have said something like "Libraries are a thing of the past -- everything's digital these days."
Who said so? Was this something you read on the Internet? And of course, everything you read on the Internet must be true, right?
My friend, Missi, got me thinking about this concept when she was describing a recent book, THE LIBRARY BOOK by Susan Orlean.
Libraries are more than books, more than information -- libraries are a place.
Okay, so how can having a library card enhance being a quilter?
1. BOOKS! (This one is a no-brainer) Libraries have books. Whether you like fiction, ebooks, reference books, children's books, etc. Libraries have 'em. Looking for quilt books? Visit your local library!
2. Along with #1, check your local library to find out if they have interlibrary loan services. In a nutshell, if your library doesn't have a book that you want, they may be able to borrow it from another library just for you. Talk about personal service.
3. Periodicals. Local newspapers (check out the local quilt shows!) and maybe magazines. (What! Your library doesn't have any quilting magazines? Then why don't you ask about donating a subscription???)
4. Classes, Programs, and Workshops. For you, for kids and teens -- for everyone! Check out the offerings at your local library, you might find a class on knitting or quilting or painting, computer classes, Friday bag lunch and a movie, story times for kids, American Sign Language, etc. By the way, most library programs are FREE (please ask though).
5. Access to computers, fax machine/printer, etc. There might be use restrictions, so you will need to check at your individual library. This is a real lifesaver when your computer crashes or your printer is not cooperating.
6. Digital Resources. This one will depend on individual libraries. It might be ebooks that you can borrow or access to Ancestry Library Edition. My favorite digital resource right now is Universal Class. There aren't any quilt classes on Universal Class (yet), but there are classes for tons of other topics. Maybe you want to learn quantum physics?
7. Social Hang Out. Yes, libraries really are social hubs. Gather your quilting friends and your go-to hand quilting project and head to your nearest library. I bet they have a place that you can sit, sew, and socialize. This is great when it's hot and you can enjoy the air conditioning.
8. Meeting Place. Need to find a space for a quilt guild meeting? Check with your library -- they might just have a community room or meeting space that you can borrow for a low fee or perhaps even no fee.
9. More Digital Resources -- Okay, I am adding this one on at the end because I just discovered it. My sister bought my family an Amazon Firestick for Christmas. Who knew that I could access aps like Hoopla and Kanopy which are digital resources through my library card. Hello movies! Good bye stack of quilts that need the binding hand-sewn!
Sew -- what are you waiting for? Go get your library card if you don't already have one. Then visit your local library and see what it can do for you.