Friday, October 14, 2011

Reasons to Love Your Library

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.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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!

26 comments:

  1. Right on! I'm glad to hear your another library fan :) With me too, I just can't seem to buy many books! That's why I'm grateful to my (somewhat limited but good) library and not to mention netgalleys! lol Both make my (also superhuman) reading feesable :) Great post, I really enjoyed reading it! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I'm actually reading this in the library. I adore my library and have done ever since I was a kid. I don't get how you can NOT love the library - literally thousands of books just sitting there waiting for you to read them FOR FREE???? The most exciting thing that happened when we moved last year was that my new library lets me take out thirty books at a time. I'm still not over how aweseome that is!
    (Sorry about all the capitals and exclaimation marks, I really like the library... :-/)

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  3. Well said. I work in a library and we're currently being threatened with hour cuts. We need as many people as possible to get back into libraries to help save us from closures.
    I love this post! Thanks. :D

    I do buy books, but not as many as I used to, like you i like to 'test' a book out before I buy it now, as I just can't afford to keep buying them straight off.

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  4. Great post! I used to use the library much more often, but now I tend to buy pretty much every book I read (Amazon Prime membership and owning a Kindle totally enable that) because I enjoy spending my money on books, and if I don't enjoy something, I can easily just swap it with other bloggers or goodreads friends. However, I do still go to the library frequently to pickup audiobooks and go online for their digital downloads of ebooks.

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  5. I agree. I still buy books but I also go to my library every week also. I love going to the library just to be there because it smells like books and I love being surrounded by so many books that are waiting to be read, like you said.

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  6. I want a picture of you on your bike with your books! :)

    I'm afraid of buying books and not liking them as well...

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  7. I think we are the same person! I really don't understand why people don't use the library for books...IT'S FREE! I'm a teacher and I always tell my students that. Don't spend the little money that you have; go get a book for free! I would read much less than I do now without the library because I just cannot afford to buy new books, plus what if I don't like them? Like you, I only like to purchase books that I loved (or ones that are like 50 cents at used book sales...at the library!).

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  8. I am huge about owning my books. So I guess it's not so much that I don't appreciate the library... but when I walk into my office/cat room/book room and I see all the pretty, pretty book spines smiling (yes, spines. Smiling.) back at me, there's something so satisfying about knowing that I've spent thousands of dollars on all these different worlds to live in.

    At least, that's what I tell myself.

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  9. I love my library as well. I go at least once a week. Buying books isn't in my budget either and I agree that buying a book is really risking. Unless it's part of a series I love or an author I love. I don't think I could handle not having a library.

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  10. Yay, I love this post! I'm currently working part-time at a library and trying to get a full-time job. I volunteered for 100 hours before I finally finagled my way into a part-time position because I love the library so freaking much! Also, even though I'm not a librarian, just a lowly clerk, I'm still going to tell people who ask about my occupation that I'm a magic book fairy. I almost never buy books because I'm incredibly poor, so I don't know what I'd do without the library. I read about 3-4 books a week and everything I've read over the past year has been from the library. Libraries are the BEST! Oh, and we don't judge you for your fines/lost library cards/whatever, we're just glad you're using the library. Just please don't argue with us about the fines or tell us we checked out books on your card just to make you have to pay a fee.

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  11. @Bex
    I'm reading this in the library too, except I'm at work in the library. :) Our library lets you check out 50 materials at a time! It's so dangerous, lol. Aren't libraries awesome?!

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  12. You have no idea how often I raid my library shelves! It's great to work surrounded by books for teens! Great interview too Miss Anna!

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  13. I'm the same way! Except not recently because I'm on a mission to finish all the books I own. But I love my library and I never buy books anymore unless I've read them and love them so much I'll have to read them again one day.

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  14. Great post! I love it that you think of librarians as magic book fairies. I'm currently getting my MLIS so that I can be a young adult librarian, and posts like this are so encouraging for me. I've loved the library since I was a child--up until I moved to a different state in August, I was still using the same library I used when I was growing up (and I even worked in that same library for four months before they transferred me to the downtown branch). I love the library to test out books, too. I can't afford to buy a bunch of books, I don't have the space for a ton of books right now, and I am pretty picky about what books I'm willing to put on my shelves, so I love being able to read books from the library first. Although, I have to admit that after reading a book I've gotten from the library, I don't always buy that book, even if I really loved it, because I can buy something I haven't read instead.

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  15. I'd know that library anywhere! Although, the CPLs are all starting to look eerily similar. Now that I'm up north I have a new fave, but that one brings me good memories. :)

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  16. All those books, just sitting there! Free for the taking, waiting to be read! It's so wonderful, it's a bit overwhelming. I've tried explaining this to the husband whenever I come home with a bag full of library books, but he just doesn't get it. Sigh. This is why the internet exists, to find people who get the awesomeness of libraries.

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  17. This is true! My best fairy is named Harold and whenever a new book comes in that he thinks my kid (she's almost 5) will like, he puts it on hold for us, so I magically get emails saying that a book she'll love is on hold! Amazing. Let's not forget the magic of library transfers!

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  18. Love this post! I've taken to always "previewing" a book from the library. Then, like you, if I like it, I buy it. I've found a lot of books I've loved and then purchased, like Patrick Rothfuss' "Name of the Wind" and Maggie Stiefvater's Mercy Falls trilogy. I've also found books that did not impress. Libraries are awesome!

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  19. I used to always go to the library, then my book addiction hit and I felt like I must own many books to fill my own personal library. But the other day I went to the library to drop a book off and I realized how many great books are there - so many new and exciting YA books etc. They must finally have realized that they need to bring in more of what people want. So I've decided that I'm going to be finishing up with my TBR pile and not buying books unless I cannot wait for it or it's one I want to keep forever. :)

    so I heart libraries too!

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  20. I love libraries too! So much so that when I go to a new town for work (or vacation), you best believe I'm Googling the nearest library just so I can see what it's like. Yep, I'm a card-carrying library member and I tour libraries around the world like it's going outta style.

    Also, I grew up going to libraries. It was a treat and a special "date" for me and Dad when I was in elementary school in Illinois. We only went maybe once a month (it was 30-40 minutes away). It was the place where I checked out my first CD (Annie musical) and I have such fond memories of coming home loaded up with books!

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  21. What an awesome post!! I totally admire your love for libraries! I love supporting my local library. Though I find the YA section a bit sad (which is why I donate a lot of books to it), I take my kids, especially during the summer for their summer reading program.

    Libraries definitely need a lot more love than they're getting right now. They're such a fabulous resource. I love that they also have audio books and cds you can check out. I swear I recently found that out and got all excited! LOL

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  22. I'm a magic book fairy! YAY! I use the library a lot, but I've also been buying a lot more since I started book blogging and working at the library (because I figure I can always donate the books after I'm done).

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  23. yay for libraries!!! haha, that is so adorable with librarians being magic book fairies. Your library, if I may say so, looks amazing! That things is ginormous!!! I love visiting different places and seeing what their libraries look like. If I'm staying any where for any length of time having a library card (ha, I've actually gotten two before, one for the local library and one for my university library....what if one had the book I wanted and the other didn't?) is a basic human necessity. It should totally be added to the Bear Necessities song from the jungle book.

    Confession: huge Arthur fan ( I have younger siblings so when the show was on the TV just kind of calls to you, ya know?) and they have this one episode where they sing about the library. Here's a link if you haven't heard of it before, but basically...I sing it to myself all the time. Enjoy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lg516PSgG5I

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  24. I love the library too!!!! Its been my favorite place ever since I was a little kid. No surprise that I now want to become a Librarian. :P I get most (if not all) my books from the Library too. Plus I'm close friends with most of the Librarians. Its pretty awesome. :)

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  25. That library is the bomb dot com. I'm jealous!

    I just started getting back into the library and LOVE IT. There's so much that my library has it is awesome.

    HURRAH FOR THE LIBRARY!!

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  26. Your library looks awesome! I get most of my books from the library too. I just recently started buying, but I still tend to stick to books I already know I love.

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