A woman discusses how public libraries allow people to pursue their habit of reading, regardless of their financial situation.
Reading is a wonderful hobby that people of all age groups can enjoy. However, readers have been bombarded with so many options to read today that it can be overwhelming to decide the most economical way to read more. Buying every book you want to read can never be very economical or sustainable in the long run. Cain—who goes by @sugarcainn on TikTok—shared an informative video on the platform and talked about the usefulness of the public libraries.
She stitched the video with @financiallybrave, who made a video about different ways in which she saved money while living on a budget. One of the ways she mentions is by using public libraries to essentially read for free. Cain agrees with the influencer and starts her video, saying, "I need y'all to know that I love the public library." She shares how her book club made proper use of their public library.
The woman states how public libraries enabled people to read without spending a lot of money on the books they wanted. Public libraries allowed people from all sorts of financial backgrounds to find the books they were looking for and read them for free. She adds, "It's also a great tool to use to support your favorite author if you can't buy their book." In case people couldn't find the book they wanted, many libraries provided an option where they requested the library to buy a book by a specific author.
The woman shares how she had used the tool a few times and got her library to buy all of author Jayne Allen's "Black Girls Must Die Exhausted" trilogy. The woman ends the video by imploring people to use their libraries and get a library card soon. People agreed with her suggestion and shared their thoughts in the comments section. @jane_but_in_spanish said, "Love the library. My library lets people check out other things like tools, passes to museums and other stuff."
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Libraries can bring more people to the healthy habit of reading. Mychal—who goes by @mychal3ts on X (previously Twitter)—to push more people to visit the library. The movement brings happiness to him and the people who decide to get into the habit of visiting the library. He shared a video highlighting how he was able to help a distressed boy, making him fall in love with libraries.
The man begins the video by stating how the boy came into the library to pay a fine. He said, "Library kid approaches me, sets down a book in front of me at the library desk, and holds out two $20 bills." The boy explained that his grandmother had borrowed the book from the library and could not return it because of circumstances. They got a message from the library that there was a fine to be paid and he had shown up to do just that.
Seeing how distressed he was, Mychal told him that the library was "fine free" and that she should maybe check out some other books before leaving. He decided to do this because he did not want the boy to have a bad experience that could potentially affect his perception of libraries. The boy was elated to hear this and scurried off to bring his grandmother into the library to see what books were available.