Library Card #bebetter52

Photo Courtesy of Maddy Fredrick
Photo Courtesy of Maddy Fredrick

Library Card #bebetter52

When is the last time you visited the library?  We all know reading is good for the mind and the soul. Adults who read literature on a regular basis are more than two-and-a-half times as likely to do volunteer or charity work, and over one-and-a-half times as likely to participate in sporting activities. 

Yet busy schedules and the gravitational pull of Netflix have prevented us from reading as much as we should.  Globally, people spend 6.5 hours a week reading.  That’s a minimal amount of time when the average American watches 4 hours of tv a day.

Mobile devices, tablets, and online readers have helped more of us read, but they have also discouraged any interaction between human hand and those beautiful, musty book pages.  

This weeks #bebetter52 challenge is to obtain a library card, an essential step to connecting with your community.  It costs nothing. You can rent a wide assortment of books, movies, magazines, and journals, and you’ll be exposed to a new group of people.  Make time this week to explore your local library by yourself for peaceful me-time or bring along the kids for a literature-themed treasure hunt.  

Our photo challenge is to snap a picture of the experience you gained from visiting a local library and/or using your library card. You may meet someone new, encounter an old friend, or discover something different about yourself through this simple task.  Try it out, and let us know how it goes.

“We should read to give our souls a chance to luxuriate.”

Henry Miller