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?
Visiting the Library
I have a library a block away from me at work and I have a library a block away from me at home, so I am pretty much always in the library. In the summer I usually walk over to the library and browse and then sit on a bench outside in the sun and eat my lunch and read a book. It’s so much fun and relaxing for me to pop in and see what’s new on the stacks and leave the office behind and indulge in a little reading. It’s hard for me in the winter when it’s cold and there is no place to go.
Coffeehouse/Bookstore vs Library
For years the book store definitely gave the library a run for its money, and it still does in terms of spending a lot of time. I have always had a library card and have gone to the library sporadically throughout the years, but up until very recently I have preferred to buy books. I am a collector! I have started using the library more because living in a small New York City apartment one quickly realizes that there are only so many books that can be owned before they start to own you and every square inch of your apartment. I still buy, but I use the library a tad bit more, and try to find new places for books that I have enjoyed but cannot afford (space-wise) to keep.
As A Child
My mom or my aunt took me and my cousin to the library once a week or once every two weeks. My cousin and I had our own library cards and we would browse the children’s section while my mom did research or looked for books in the adult section. We had a ritual going. It’s funny that I turned out to be the big reader in the family and my cousin not so much. He’s a boy, and they say boys read less or mainly read non-fiction. He liked to build things. Just an interesting observation. In my case a reader was probably born and lucky enough to be nurtured. The library was a fun trip for us. On the way home we usually went to the park or the botanic gardens and stopped and got hot dogs from the vendor.
I really don’t care that much as long as they have books. The most awesome library that I have visited is the one at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. You can’t take pictures there, so I couldn’t take one of my own, but the one on the right is from their website and gives a small idea of the beauty. It is huge and old and Harry Potter like, with the old-fashioned desks. I loved it! But since I can’t have that on a regular basis I’ll take what I can get.
How about you? Do you have a favorite library?
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