Love your Local Library

I’ve seen adverts on my way to work recently about loving your local library which basically encourage people to join.  Here in the UK there was a big hoo-ha about saving local libraries.

I have very fond memories of them as a child.  I used to read a lot and the only way to keep me stocked with books was a weekly trip to the local library.  It was bliss!  I could lose myself in there for hours and I developed a reading habit that has stayed with me throughout the years.

It was the same with the library as senior school and then at college.  After that I kinda left libraries behind.  Paperbacks got cheaper and I just bought cheap books and handed them on or swapped them for other books.

Recently though, I found myself contemplating joining a library again, after all the adverts promised recent bestsellers so today I joined my local library.

What a wonderful experience! The library environment was just as I remembered – perfect for a book geek like me!  Registering was painless.  I did most of it online (how times have changed!) then went to the local library to present my ID collect my card.  It is only a five minute drive away.  They even have some parking spaces allocated in the car park next to it where you can park for free for 45 minutes.

I had a chat with an old lady who was collecting books she had reserved.  It seems she has a voracious appetite for books too!

I managed to get most of the books I wanted and even had a chat with the librarian about books that I’d read and was waiting to read.

Currently I’m working my way through City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.  I watched the movie recently which was okay but I wanted to read the book and see how it compared.  The librarian has just finished the series and reliably informed me that the books were much better.  I’m only a quarter of the way through but I have to say that so far I agree.  I love the writing style and I get a real feel for the characters but more about that in the review that I’m sure I will write later!

All in all, it was a great experience.  I can’t buy and keep paperbacks at the rate I have been or we will soon run out of room (!) and it’s not always possible to get the books you want on readitswapit so this seems like a nice alternative.  Also, it was great to walk out of the library with an armful of books that didn’t cost me a penny….I think this could easily become a habit!!

Pile of books that I'll be working my way though over the next couple of weeks!
Pile of books that I’ll be working my way though over the next couple of weeks!

 

Vega keeping me company while I'm reading 'City of Bones'!
Vega keeping me company while I’m reading ‘City of Bones’!
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