Thursday, April 02, 2009
Booking Through Thursday
Suggested by Barbara:
I saw that National Library week is coming up in April, 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?
Let rewind back to the old day, when I was a child. Back than, what I learn about library was from my elementary school when we first had our Book Fun Fair. It is when they have books sale and kids can browse around some books to chose which one they want to buy. Without repeating this story again, all I can say was - it was a fun day. I always look forward the next Book Fun Fair! Back than I only use the school library but I never use the public branch libraries. That only because my parent never took me there - for whatever reason, I don't know. However when I got to high school and needed to find books to help me do my book report or science project for homework, I end up having to go to the closest public library for books. This is when I learn about public library and what services they provide for you.
The service from the library I use to go have changed with times. I used to drive up there to check out books all the time. Now I only have to browse via online and place myself in the waiting list, after I find the book(s) that I want to be put on hold. And than they will sent me notice via emails, to let me know the book is available and that am next in line. I love this service! Safe me the trip of having drive up there and browse for books in 3-4 hours!
Now, I don't use library anymore unless it necessarily. But it rarely happen. I only go when I want to check out books that are "new to me authors". This way, I can try and test the book to see if it something I like to read. If I end up loving it, I would buy books from the author when s(he) have the next latest books out. And I would buy their backlist too. Or I will use the library if I can't find their older book online. This save me from wasting my money on books that I end up feeling disappointed with. But it been a long while since I've use library just for that purpose. I've been buying mostly all of my books now these days. That explain why my TBR pile is mountain high LOL!
I've been thinking about going back to check out books again. Only for few times. I know there are lot of "new to me authors" that I haven't discover yet. Unless it strongly recommend by good friends, then I won't worry about using library. I just go buy it. And with two of NR's trilogies that I will be joint-reading with my friend Alice very soon, I know I need to check those two out. Even when I've read them both before, already a long time ago. But still, I rather buy my books (brand new) than just going library.
I don't think there have been coffee or bookstore replacing the library. Not that I know of..anyway. And I like library where it is comfortable enough to feel like home :)
It is great that National Library week is coming up in April, give me a good reason to start and celebrate by heading to library or as I normally do - put books on hold and on waiting list via online ;)
How about you? How do you answer the questions above? I wish everyone a very nice Thursday/day! :)
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