7 ways my library thrills my bookish heart

July 4, 2016 Bookish chat, Bookish Fun 28

I used to be a library member when I was young and I loved it but getting books back on time was always an issue as it wasn’t close to where I lived. When I was an adult, that challenge remained the same and after far too many fines, I left.  That was years ago and I often thought of rejoining.  So after learning that my library now also has an impressive digital library with audiobooks and ebooks, I ran as fast as I could to rejoin. Since then I’ve been an enthusiastic member and have been using the physical library every bit as much as their digital content.

 

7 ways my library thrills my bookish heart

 

7 ways my library thrills my bookish heart:

 

1.  First of all, it’s FREE!

Well you might have to pay a joining fee (not in mine though) and after that all those books are yours for taking. Just make sure you bring them back on time and avoid those pesky fees!  There is an option to renew online though so that makes life easier.

“A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.” — Lemony Snicket (Horseradish)

 

2.  I love wandering around, picking up books, putting them down again.

Checking Goodreads for reviews and anticipating just what books are going to travel home with me today.  It’s just such a fun experience and I feel like the selection is different every time as books leave and rejoin the shelves.

“Harry — I think I’ve just understood something! I’ve got to go to the library!”
And she sprinted away, up the stairs.
What does she understand?” said Harry distractedly, still looking around, trying to tell where the voice had come from.
“Loads more than I do,” said Ron, shaking his head.
“But why’s she got to go to the library?”
“Because that’s what Hermione does,” said Ron, shrugging. “When in doubt, go to the library.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

 

3.  I can access ebooks and audiobooks right from the comfort of my bed.

Or while sitting on the couch in front of a blazing fire.  One click and it’s mine (for a while).  Instant bookish gratification.

 

4.  There is ‘library recommended’ section

Which showcases books that are popular or thought-provoking or just damn good reads!  I love checking this out for books that I need to read but that I’ve never even heard of previously.

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.” ― Albert Einstein

 

5.  I can request longed for books.

That YA fantasy series that I’ve been meaning to read for years.  Just a few clicks and I’ll be on a waiting list for them all.  This way I can actually finish series!

 

6.  I love a library with a happy atmosphere!

Other readers browsing dreamily for their next great read, friendly library staff, students studying; it all adds to a bookish fuzzy feel that bookworms just thrive on.  While at the same time, it also smells of books!  That’s my kind of party 🙂

“Because I’m the kind of girl who fantasizes about being trapped in a library overnight.” ― Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

 

7.  Eclectic mix of books.

I love how no matter what subject you want to read about, there’s an book for that.  And knowing that I don’t have to outlay money to experiment with a new genre just makes me read more broadly and take more literary risks.  If I hate it, no harm done to my pocket.  And if I love it, it’s a whole new world for me to explore.

 

So as much as I love buying books, and getting ARCs, I’m now also firmly team library.  I love how it’s supplying more books to match my outrageous book appetite and my Friday trips after work are a much-anticipated time out from my busy life.

 

Talk to Trish:  Do you use your library?  What is your favourite thing about it?

 

 

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28 Responses to “7 ways my library thrills my bookish heart”

  1. Tanya Patrice

    There are so many things I love about the library – but one of my fave thhings to do is browse the “new book” section and pick up something randomly – that I hadn’t heard of before.

    • trish

      Hmmhh, we have a new book section online but not in the library. I’m forever checking that online section though! And placing holds 🙂

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Yes to all! I love my library too and I’m a rejoiner as well because of an issue with more than a few fines! I started going with the Tornado to get books for him and then moved onto getting books for me and falling in love with their digital site. That’s where I get all my audio books from. Great post!
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    • trish

      At least now with renewing on line, it helps to limit the fines! And yes, they are fab for audiobooks. So good I’ve cancelled Audible, who needs it 🙂

    • trish

      I had NO IDEA they were so well stocked nowadays! I’m still in shock but it’s such a happy surprise!

  3. Greg

    Libraries are great and it’s so nice now with them having audio and ebooks. I don’t use mine nearly enough but I need to… and I agree about the selection and getting to try books you’ve thought about for years. 🙂 Wandering around the library is so fun!
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    • trish

      Totally agree Greg! I hadn’t used mine for so long and I’m really regretting that now. I had forgotten what happy places they are.

  4. Rita

    I agree with all your statements (and enjoyed the corresponding bookish quotes) but especially #7! I can grab an armful of books (when I get impulsive) and if none of them grab my attention at home, nothing lost. Even the time spent browsing for the books is not lost time because I have such fun visiting my library. It’s a destination, not just the means toward getting reading material. And that pulls in your reason #6; I love to see little kids reading books, teens browsing, and even adults like me there on a mission 🙂

    That’s good that the library is closer to your work so you can make a trip then and pick up some print books. I live much closer to two libraries (we live on the border of two towns) and I am going once a week now.
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    • trish

      I think it’s fantastic that I can bring home a large pile of books and that it costs me nothing. And I am now realising that I don’t need to OWN books, as I only reread ones I love. So this definitely helps me declutter my house and save money.
      I’m the same as you, I love seeing kids at the library.

  5. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance

    Love all the bookish quotes! And I LOVE my local libraries. I worked in one for three years so I really did get to branch out and also find books I never heard about online/through blogs, so it was great. I don’t visit AS much now because I don’t work there, but it’s still great to have nearby.
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    • trish

      Aw, I’d love to work in a library. Although my heart thinks this means reading all day and my head knows this is far from the case! But still being surrounded by books makes me happy!

  6. Jordon @ Simply Adrift

    I love the library! I used to use it a lot back home in NZ, but here in London my library is pretty bad. They barely stock any YA, so I’m never there 🙁 I keep requesting books to be bought for the library though but I feel like I’m over doing it lol. But I just want people to READ THESE AMAZING BOOKS!
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    • trish

      I have to admit my library isn’t great for YA either. They have the big names (most of which I’ve already read!) but they are great at ordering in too. I think we are doing a service for the community in helping them stock great titles 😀

  7. S. J. Pajonas

    Oh yes, to ALL of these! I have very happy memories of going to the library as a kid and looking at books. I would spend hours in the science fiction section picking out books to read. And I still love going now. I mostly go to take my kids because my kindle is very full. But it’s my intention to read more as I get to retirement age, so I bet that the library will again become my favorite place ever. 🙂
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    • trish

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who is already planning to read more in retirement! Not that I’m wishing the years away, I just think it will be amazing to have all that time to read! But it’s a long way away yet 😀

  8. Shaina

    I’m firmly on Team Library myself, despite the fact that I haven’t been going in a while! I still have some fines to pay off. 😉

    I too love wandering about, picking things up to see if they appeal, and wandering out with a potentially much different stack of books than you went in looking for.

    Oh, and don’t even get me started on the digital library collection. It’s every shy/lazy/busy person’s dream!

    • trish

      Silly fines! But still cheaper than buying books :). I get so distracted by all the books that I never get around to looking for the books on my list. But as long as I’m leaving with a stack of books that caught my attention then I’m happy.

  9. Lark

    I love libraries for all those reasons you stated, but also because I can try a new book or author and not feel guilty if I return it unread. There’s no one waiting to see how I liked it; and I haven’t wasted any money on it. Libraries are guilt-free. And I love that.
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    • trish

      Who doesn’t love guilt free books 🙂 And I feel the same about returning books unread, I get so much pleasure out of picking books out but if I don’t get to them, I don’t get to them. I can always pick them up again in a while.

    • trish

      Aw, can you request books? Think of it a public service for the readers of Laois! I can request books but I think there is a limit on how many.

  10. Girl with her Head in a Book

    I do love my library but … this feels so blasphemous … but … they never have the books I want! I guess I have more obscure tastes? Which isn’t their fault but the number of times I ask if they have ‘such and such’ and they say no or else it’s out and I have to pay £1 to reserve it and if I’m going to pay £1 then I may as well get the Kindle file instead. It’s good for chance finds and occasionally I can find books that I’m curious about but don’t want to buy but … I’m not as much of a library fiend as I would expect. I feel awful. I’m so sorry.
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    • trish

      Somehow I pictured you loving the library but I can understand why you don’t. I read a lot of different genres so I can always find treasures there, lucky me! I also don’t have to pay to request my library to order in books which is handy.

  11. Jessica

    I currently don’t drive, so it’s difficult for me to make my way to the library as often as I’d like, also I have a never ending pile of books that I already own to read, so I often don’t have time for borrowing more library books, but I wish I did. I love the library atmosphere, too! It’s so wonderful! Lovely post! 🙂
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