BTT: Library Week

April 2, 2009

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This week’s Booking Through Thursday is based on Library Week — which, I have to admit, I’ve never even heard about before. Here are the 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?

This sounds similar to a BTT question that I answered before, but I guess I can give this another shot.

I hardly ever use my public library anymore. The local one is very small, with a tiny collection that hardly ever has anything that I want. I occasionally go there to borrow DVDs, which are either $1 or free, but otherwise, I stay away. There are a few neighboring community libraries that are much larger, so I use those whenever I need an obscure book or have to do some research.

I wouldn’t say that the coffeehouse/bookstore has completely replaced the library for me. It’s more like the Internet has replaced the library. I can find e-texts that I want on Project Gutenberg, so I have very little need to go to the library anymore.

Yes, I went to the library a lot as a child. I went nearly every single week to return/check out new books — and often more frequently than that during the summer. I have good memories of those times, and occasionally feel a pang of regret that my son hasn’t taken to the library as much as I did when I was a kid. But it’s clearly a generational thing, so not much I can do about that!

I like modern libraries a lot more than older ones. I have to admit that I was excited a couple years ago when I saw a bunch of construction and safety equipment outside my library. They were renovating the entire place to make room for a computer lab and media room. The updates have made the place a lot better than before, but as I said above, it still pales in comparison to other area libraries.

Whew, this was a long one!

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