Thursday, April 2, 2009

Booking Through Thursday

Public Library
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?

I would say about 90% of the books I read are library books. Prior to this year, I would go to the library at least 4 times each week. Recently, I've started to cut back on my visits and the number of books I have checked out at one time. I've found myself reaching the renewal limit and returning too many books unread. So, my solution was to limit the number of books I have checked out and reduce my weekly library visits. I now go to the library about 1 or 2 times each week. I try to only go when I have books on hold that are ready for pick up.

I did go to the library as a child. My mom would take both my brother and myself every two weeks and from this, my passion for reading developed. I love big libraries, the ones where you can just get lost in. My favorite library is the Mid-Manhattan Branch on 5th Avenue in NYC. I prefer the sleek, modern libraries.


  1. Sounds like a good plan to limit the number of books at a time. It is frustrating to have to return books unread. It happens to all of us.

  2. I return way too many books to the library unread as well, I'd say about half.