Today I went to the library. The "casa de libros" if you will. I rarely go to the library for one main reason: I'm greedy. I see all the books that I want to read and I have to have them all right now! (Am I alone?) So I check out a bunch.
Two weeks later, I slowly sulk up to the return desk with an armload of unread books. It happens every time I go there without a certain book in mind. I browse the stacks until I am completely satisfied that I have covered the entire teen section. It's a method that I have perfected.
Today I went to pick up one book in particular. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley. I first saw this book a few months ago, but hadn't really heard much about it. I really liked the uniqueness of the cover and thought it stood out in the sea of YA book covers.
After a short conversation with Novel Novice and Victoria Schwab on Twitter this morning, I decided to go pick it up. Apparently, this book isn't one of the "million" at my local Books A Million, so I did a quick search on my phone and found out that my library had it. So that's where I went.
And this is why I love libraries.
I walked right back to the teen section, found the book I was looking for in less than a minute, checked it out, and was out of there in something like three minutes.
I had a book that I wanted to read and I didn't even have to pay for it! Free books. It's almost like legally pirating hard copies of books with permission from nice older ladies. I approve of this! Now, I'm not saying the sole purpose of libraries is to get free books. No, not at all. But I do think that it is a resource that can be used wisely.
Libraries provide literature to people who might not normally pay to read. Those who live near a library might find it a welcome escape from their home life whatever that may include. I know my library isn't in the nicest part of town, but every time I go in there I see kids reading books and using the computers that are there for them. I may not use it as much as they do, but libraries are important to everyone.
So don't let money stop you from reading good books! Check your local library. They may not have the newest releases--I know mine doesn't--but I'm sure there are books available to you that you've been wanting to read for a while.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, take advantage of your local library. It can be a great resource for the starving mind.