Why public libraries are great

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My local library was pretty much my second home growing up. I might have well worked there. A local library is always somewhere to find shelter. If I was bunking off school as a teenager, I would be in the library reading a book cover to cover. That’s how cool I was. Really.

 
You can go and pick up a book and borrow it for a certain length of time. You know there’s always someone in our lives telling us we have too many books? Well, with library books we can always say but these books are only temporary. Of course, you don’t tell them you will probably like some of these books and have to buy your own copy.

 
I can guarantee you will find a book that you didn’t expect to, and you can also find books you’ve probably heard hype about but aren’t sure you want to invest your money in yet.

 
There are also eBook libraries too, which has just added more books to my tbr pile to my honest and I must stop borrowing books from there. Someone confiscate my library card (not really)

 
You’ll find too not only books, but magazines, audiobooks and CDs. If you’re trying to save money, the library is the place to go.
I have learnt so much from the non-fiction books I have found in the library. Stars and celebrities and algebra and mental health and movies. If I wanted knowledge I went to my local library. It’s a good place to find out about local history too.
More so when I was a teenager, you can get away from technology in the library. You can feel the pleasure of taking a book off of a shelf, settling down into a chair, and reading for a couple of hours. Of course, these days libraries have computers and self-service machine for checking your books out and WI-FI, so the places are noisier. Someone ripped up those be quiet signs aeons ago unfortunately.

 
Libraries help and serve their communities too.
They have groups for mums and toddlers, as well as for people who want to learn to be more computer literate. In the summer they have the reading challenge for children of all ages to participate in.

The library welcomes all. If you need somewhere to go, the library is that place. It hasn’t priced people out either yet (it will eventually. Council cuts are killing the places) Hooray.


 

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Does technology make us more or less likely to be lonely?

 

 

 

Loneliness comes in various guises. Sometimes you want to connect, to talk with somebody. Desperately wanting to know someone is willing to talk with you. Sometimes it’s that ache of needing to be hugged, because it’s been so long. Other times it’s just wanting a laugh and forgetting you live half of your life inside your own head. It’s knowing you don’t have a friend to tag in giveaways on Twitter, won’t need an extra seat, and second guessing every damn decision you make. 

I remember feeling the loss when I was rejected by friends as a seven-year-old. Friends that thought I was a little bit strange, intense, overzealous.
For me it is ingrained now, loneliness. I find my own solutions, sometimes through poetry, and other times good old Google helps me out.

 
Does technology make us more or less likely to be lonely? I don’t know.

 

It is different for everybody. I didn’t grow up with technology the likes we have now. I remember tapes and VHS and floppy discs and the house phone. When I begin to use the internet in my late teens I found community and people that I could engage with. It’s incredibly easy to talk to people online when you aren’t so used to it offline. Which is where I have to say it’s about balance. If life offline is OK then it’s much easier to regulate what you are doing online. You won’t be vulnerable to coming into contact with that disease called scroll and compare.


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Why Would I Want to Follow the Lives of Famous People?

This is important to me. I am in the process of writing a book, a memoir of my experiences with depression and anxiety, amongst other subjects. I am drawing the material from diary entries, chapbooks, and poems I have written over the years. This poem was published by Selcouth Station in October last year. it is one of two longer mental health poems I have written. Whether I will self-publish this book, or find a publisher for it, or if it will be 50 pages or 500, or if it will take me 23 years or 53 to write I do not know. It is a slow and steady process. 

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Why Would I Want to Follow the Lives of Famous People?


 

 

i used to be baffled by Twitter

why would i want to follow the lives of famous people?

more than likely it was my desire to belong
which lead me to sign up

and after that
Twitter
Facebook
Blogger
Tumblr
WordPress
Linkedin
Instagram

before all of that
a computer was in the front room
and that is where it stayed
Laptop’s were shared between siblings
Nokia’s were used for distraction – games
and a BBM was sent via Blackberry
i remember when the computer suite was opened
in school with much publicity
now it’s a given
there will be computers in every classroom

i would take long walks as a teenager
i was solitary
after a school day ended
i needed to clear my head

i was out for hours
rain or shine

i liked the way my muscles would ache –
i felt that I was growing stronger

i have mental health problems

perhaps social media
pushed open that door further

i never used to doubt myself so much

the anxiety festering

what am i missing

who am i not comparing myself with

brought in from the outside world
to the one with optical illusions

easily led by the
wrong influences

i have withered,
and wilted

my soul has died a little
in blackouts, vodka, and violence

allowed myself to be the puppet

had the imperious curse cast on me

and what i need now
is the time
and space
to clear my head
and grow

your concerns were not mine

i didn’t want them

i never did.


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