I saw that National Library Week is coming up in April, and that led to some questions. How often do you use your public library and how do you use it? Has the coffeehouse/bookstore replaced the library? Did you go to the library as a child? Do you have any particular memories of the library? Do you like sleek, modern, active libraries or the older, darker, quiet, cozy libraries?
I don’t use my library as often as I’d like, maybe once a month (max)? I think part of this sparse use is because of my library.
While I love to frequent coffeehouses (I still don’t go very often, though), neither these nor bookstores serve the same function as a library for me.
As a child, I remember going to the library every week. I loved that library! I had my own, children’s library card, which allowed me to check out six books. I always read all my books within that week, and I sometimes asked Mom to check out a few books for me on her card. I have fond memories of browsing the shelves at my childhood library, both in the children’s room (which included the YA books) and in the grown-up expanse. I quickly became familiar with where certain books or types of books were shelved, I used the paper card catalog on the rare occasion I knew what I was looking for.
One summer I won an award for most books read in my age group (or something like that). The prize? A book. I’ve still got this cherished tome on my shelves at home. It’s one of the few books I’ve read over and over again.
At this point, I’d like a large(r) library. My small town has only one library, and its selection seems to be lacking. They finally, recently, put their card catalog online. Still, most of the books I search for they don’t have. *Sigh.*
What’s your experience with libraries?
Oh, and that National Library Week Barbara mentioned above? It’s April 13-19.