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Now. You may not know this about me, but I am a librarian in The Real Life. Not a lot of people know much about what librarians do, but we are highly qualified (you need an undergrad and a postgrad to become one), passionate about knowledge, about our local community and about equality of access to information. And we don't just read and stamp books all day. I don't personally work in a public library, but I feel strongly about them, and the cuts brought in by the
A crafter's perspective
You may now be asking yourself 'why is she posting this here, it's a craft blog'. Well. Aside from all the other reasons to love your local library, it will most likely have a craft section. Yep. Free (FREE) books on crochet, knitting, sewing, macrame (if that's your thing), card-making, interior design...etcetera. What's not to like? Particularly if (like me) you're a dabbler, i.e. you like to try lots of different crafty endeavours, then the library is your friend. Why spend ages trawling the web for free patterns or tutorials? Why spend money buying craft books that you may only use once then tire of the craft? Obviously once you know and love a craft you may want to own the books yourself, but for a quick intro or a specific pattern, borrowing is perfect. If your library doesn't have the book you'd like, check out its inter-library loan system, they may be able to get it for you.
Anyway, I'm not here to preach. But please, support your local public library! Perhaps some of you already do. If you are already a library advocate then show your support. We need you!