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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Booking Through Thursday...Libraries

Today's Booking Through Thursday question:

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 love the library. I always have. When I was young, I wanted to be a librarian. If I ever go back to school for my master's degree, it will probably be in Library Science.

I always loved going to the library as a child and finding new books to read and bringing home old favorites. I can still see certain library shelves, in my mind, where I found my favorite books. In elementary school, the librarian was my favorite teacher. I was a library aide in elementary school and also in junior high school.

I go to my library weekly. Sometimes more. I love the ability to reserve books online and then pick them up when they're ready. On busy days, it really helps. At other times, I love to browse and walk up and down the aisles to discover new books.

I can't see a coffeehouse /bookstore ever replacing a library. Those are nice places to read, but nothing compares to the library itself. I like cozy libraries, I like new and sleek ones. I love windows.

Our current library is simply old. It's not cozy or even very inviting. It's crowded and small and has outgrown its location. But, I love going and when they finally get around to building our new one, I will go there, just as often.

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  1. I really like being able to reserve books online too especially as the branch near my house is smaller and usually doesn't have what I'm looking for. I still love to go in though and browse what they have. They have some comfy chairs set up too so you can sit and relax a bit.

  2. I love the library. It combines my 2 favorite things. Free and Books!!

    Our library system is good. But the library itself is small , old and a bit smelly. It next to the city jail. So people get out and need a free place to go. So guess where???
    They are building a new one soon. And the books you reserve or order can then be picked in the "drive thru". Sounds lazy? No way I'm so excited when my kids are asleep or to grouchy to go inside I can still get my books.

  3. I am a lover of libraries. It's a shame that your library is old. What a waste.

  4. Oh, God, the reserve function. I'm so in love with putting holds on books. I check online compulsively to see if my books have come in, even though I know they're going to send me an email when they do arrive.

  5. I love the new library where I am at, but in the town I used to live in they built a new library and it was a gigantic waste of space. Amazingly they managed to waste space and not have very much natural light. So it was dim inside, and on the floors where they had the adult books they were all crammed together under florescent lighting. Even though it offered more shelf space than the old library, the old library was bright and cheery with windows all around.

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  7. Ooo your blog is beautiful! I hope you get the new library soon! :-)