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!!