Thursday, November 3, 2011

Libraries FTW!

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.


  1. I am the exact same way!!!--But the best thing that I've discovered, is that my library now has an online option, so I can check books out on my ereader any time I want without even having to go to the library...and especially without having to make that awful trip *back*!!!!! (the book simple *expires* on the due date)(so no more worries about late fees either!) :)

  2. I love, love, love the library. Where else do regular joes get to borrow things for free with the assumption they'll be returned?

    Of course, my dog has eaten a few library books this past year, but still my favorite place.

  3. I LOVE libraries! Though I definitely do the exact same thing as you where I check out a million books and then end up returning most of them. :P Even so the Library has and always will be my favorite place. :)

  4. I love my library--it's amazing. Plus, they actually do have most of the new releases I want... and if they don't, they have inter-library-loan with something like 50 libraries. I would be devastated if it ever closed.

  5. I love my library. They have almost all the popular new releases, and even some less-popular ones. Every time I go to the library I come home feeling like I went book shopping. It's such a great feeling, this pseudo shopping. A bunch of books brought home and read, with none of the guilt! Well, sometimes there's guilt, when you don't quite finish that huge stack you brought home. But it's great all the same :)

  6. This librarian says: thanks for spreading the good word!!!!

    Although I wonder what age you think these "nice older ladies" are --- We've got plenty of mid-20s librarians where I work. :)

  7. I love this post ! Libraries are great resources for books, but they are also third places for kids and teens. Something that is not home or school.

    I have a rule for myself, I only check out 2 books at a time so, I don't get more than I can chew.

  8. I completely agree! I love my local library. I'm lucky enough that my library has a huge ebook selection. I read tons and can't afford to keep up with my habit. Luckily, my library tends to get new books as ebooks very quickly (within a week or so of release). Not only do I get to read great books, but I can check out my books from the ease of my bed with my ereader, then stay up all night reading my awesome book! Can't beat that!

  9. We have a few twenty-somethings that work there now, but the majority are "nice older ladies" ;)

  10. My library just started getting ebooks at the beginning of October, so they still have a while to go before they get a good array of teen books, but when they do, I'll be excited :)