“September is National Library Card sign up month. Sign up for a library card this week and / or check out a crochet book and tell us what you think.”
It’s a great prompt and one that I really love because I’m a huge supporter of local libraries. I’ve always had a library card. And I regularly check out crochet books, which I frequently review and share here. So instead of that today I thought that I’d talk about a few key things when it comes to crochet books at your local library.
Borrow Crochet Books
The most obvious way to use your library for crochet is to get crochet books out of the library. This gives you access to many more crochet books than you might be able to afford to purchase. It also gives you a chance to preview some crochet books that you might want to buy to see if you’ll actually use them a lot before you make the purchase. I regularly check out crochet books from my local library. They don’t have them immediately upon release but are pretty good about getting them fairly quickly.
Suggest Crochet Books to Your Library
Something less obvious but really important is that you can use your local library’s tool (often online) to “suggest a book” and use that to suggest that the get crochet books. This is good for you because you’ll get access to the crochet books that you want. Of equal importance, it helps get more crochet books into libraries so that more people can access them. My own self-published book, Crochet Saved My Life, is in several libraries including the San Francisco Public Library thanks to people using this tool.
Libraries in the 21st century aren’t just about books. They also have ebooks, DVDs and other multimedia material. You can find crochet-related things in these areas as well.
Crochet Classes and Groups
And finally, look at the events that are happening at your local library. Knitting and crochet groups often meet at libraries since they are free public spaces. And sometimes crochet classes are held at the library. If your local library doesn’t have any crochet groups or classes maybe you should see about starting one!