THIS week is Book Week, and that gives our libraries a great excuse to do what they do so well throughout the year, which is to celebrate all things books.
The ability to read, whether it be on paper or electronic, is how we learn at a young age, but also how we continue to self-educate for the rest of our lives.
The library holds a special place for me in that I have very fond memories of going there after school as a child.
It was a great place for me to work with my schoolmates on homework and enjoy "quiet" social interaction.
Between story times, read-and-rhyme times, books-and-bikkies sessions, books-and-babies sessions, author visits, book groups and book clubs, Lake Macquarie libraries provide an enjoyable service and an important resource for the whole community.
However, we are all very aware that the concept of a book has changed over the past few years.
The newest book-related service to be offered by the libraries is eBooks.
At the moment, there are about 2000 titles available to download for free and all you need is a library card and a computer or electronic device to access this great new world of reading.
You can also enjoy eAudiobooks and eMagazines, which put thousands of titles at your fingertips.
Go to library.lakemac.com.au or drop into one of the city's 10 libraries to join for free and celebrate Book Week in style with a great read.