Welcome to another edition of Booking Through Thursday. Check out the link for everyone else who is chatting today.
Today’s topic is very timely….it’s something I’ve been thinking about lately.
How often do you visit a library? Do you go to borrow books? Do research? Check out the multi-media center? Hang out with the friendly and knowledgeable staff? Are you there out of love or out of need?
Last week, I even mentioned my neighborhood library when we talked about our bookish love.
For a long time, I had stopped visiting the library, except for when my computer was in the shop and I went there to borrow their computers.
I have been buying books for quite awhile. I loved the idea of having my own personal library. But I got a little carried away! My stacks grew to gigantic proportions, with bookshelves in every room, in the hallway, in the bathroom, in the pantry….
So I started exploring the library again. Slowly and carefully, because I hate having to return books unread because of that expiration date!
Now I make my online requests for books and go to pick them up. And while I’m there, I might glance around at the shelves…cautiously. And sometimes leave with an extra book or two. Here’s a photo of my library.
So far I haven’t returned any unread.
But, like most of my obsessions, I tend to go too far….which is why I carefully mix in books from my stacks and review books when I’m making my reading list for the week. And then I slip in a library book.
This week, I’ve read two library books and one review book. I finished Evil at Heart, by Chelsea Cain, the final book in the series that I hadn’t yet read. Worked out for me.
And I’m now reading Plum Spooky, by Janet Evanovich: another series book. I had joined a Sequel Challenge for this year, so both books will work for it.
I also like to take my grandson to the library. Here’s the children’s section.
What is your library experience like? Do you go? If not, why not?
**Addendum: I just remembered a vital piece of my history with libraries! In the early 1960s, I worked at the County Schools Library in the town where I lived, selecting and packaging books for the schools. And when I started college, I worked in the college library for awhile.