Booking Through: Libraries

btt2This week’s Booking Through Thursday questions were suggested by Barbara:

    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.


10 responses to “Booking Through: Libraries

  1. It sucks that your library isn’t more up-to-date. I understand why you don’t visit very often.

  2. Our library is pretty small too, and doesn’t have much of a selection either.

  3. Your library needs to become part of a library network. In Rhode Island, all of the libraries are interconnected and you can reserve a book from any library in the state and then pick it up at your local library when it is ready. It is fantastic.

  4. What book did you win in the contest?

    My library is connected to all the libraries in the county. I live in Pittsburgh, where Andrew Carnegie donated all that money to build libraries way back when, so I am very fortunate to be able to get any book I want!

  5. I was such a magnet to libraries when I was young. I still remembered that sensation of getting my library card—that felt so privileged and special!

    I love reading my own books at the library these days! 🙂 That said, I’m justified to visit my favorite bookstores almost every other day.

  6. I go usually at least once a week, our town has a library with 4 branches disbursed throughout the town and they have a pretty good selection and get new stuff in monthly. Movies, audio books, and books. If there is something they don’t have you can inter-library loan books too if there is something they don’t have which is nice too. We are spoiled, but its wonderful

  7. No local libraries where I stay. Too far away.

    Booking through libraries

  8. My local library is very small as well, but is part of an 18 library consortium, and so I can get just about anything through library loan. If I was stuck reading only what they had on their shelves I would go crazy.

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