This weeks weekly Booking Through Thursday question for today is:
Suggested by Barbara:
I saw that National Library week is coming up in April [12-18], and that led to some questions. How often do you use your public library and how do you use it? Has the coffeehouse/bookstore replaced the library? Did you go to the library as a child? Do you have any particular memories of the library? Do you like sleek, modern, active libraries or the older, darker, quiet, cozy libraries?
I love my library; the building is very old, quite historic and just so lovely. The library did get central air about 5 years ago which makes it nice in the summer for patrons to come and cool off. I've been lucky to work here part time for the last (almost 7 years).
Since I get to order and catalog the new materials when they arrive, I've become what some in library jargon would call the "high-volume patron". I've checked out a whopping 1,236 items in the last (3) years --- that's as far as the new circulation system keeps track.
For me, working here does have some drawbacks---since I can't stop requesting the latest releases, the books I own take a back seat. I read my REVIEW Books and the Library Books most of the time it seems. I look at the ones I own as my "retirement reading inventory"...LOL
Seriously, I loved the library when I was a child (I walked to it 1.5 miles each way). There was a 20+ year period when I did not use the library at all, when I traveled a lot on business, and sadly, I did not have time for much reading then either. Since 2000, my life has become much more simple, and my library love and reading passion has been rekindled once again.
With some sadness, I will be leaving my part-time library job this month when we move, but hopefully, I will find another dream job once again in time. To me, family is most important and we cannot wait to move at the end of the month.
What is your library like?