|My beloved library|
Oh, I love libraries so. Once, when talking to my husband, I couldn’t contain my library glee and yelled: “Just think of all the stories just waiting to be read in there!” This is how strongly I feel.
I don’t buy a lot of books – aside from the books that publishers graciously send me for review, 90% of my books come directly from the library. Why?
Well, first of all, it’s incredibly cost-saving. Considering how fast I read (superhuman fast), buying books is just not in my budget.
Besides, going to the library is fun. I make it a weekly event -- I get on my bike, throw my old books into my bike basket, and ride on over to my local library branch. I put books on hold online, so a new batch is ready and waiting for me when I get in.
Basically, IT'S LIKE MAGIC. And so librarians = MAGIC BOOK FAIRIES.
Also, to me, buying a book without having read it first is a gamble. I know. Sorry, publishers. But what if you don’t like it? Then it’s going to sit on your shelf collecting dust and taking up space. I like to try a book out at the library, and if I love it and plan to reread it over and over forever and ever amen, THEN I buy it. Even then it doesn't stay on my shelf -- I loan it out to all my friends to spread the book love.
With libraries, the possibilities are endless, accessible and free. You can’t beat that! Renew your expired card, pay off your fees, do what you gotta do -- trust me. If you're a serious reader, there's no better place to be than a library.
PS: The occasion for today's topic? I'm featured in the American Library Association's I Love Libraries newsletter today. Click here to check out my interview!