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:
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,
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,
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?