This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:
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 used to use the library all the time. I used to use it for studying when I was in junior high/high school, which made me the darling of my friends’ parents, since how bad could I be if I spent most of my time studying at the library? I don’t remember checking out books very much, which is weird, because that’s like remembering a restaurant you used to frequent but not remembering actually eating food there. However, my very first memory of the library is rather upsetting.
These days I use the library to get books that I don’t necessarily want to buy but can’t seem to get off of Bookmooch. My only aversion to checking out books from the library is that if you check out a book that’s rather old, say, something published in the early ’90’s, then the book looks a little worn, and I can’t help but wonder how many grubby hands have touched that book. I’m not a germophobe, but it is kinda grody thinking about all those hands handling the book, and now I’m handling the book and…ewwww! I’ll still check books out, but it’s something I think about while I’m reading the book.
I don’t think the coffeehouse/bookstore has replace the library. They really serve different purposes.
I’ve only ever been to the one library in my town, so I can’t say if I like sleek, modern, active libraries or the older, darker, quiet cozy libraries. My library seems to be getting a little worn down, so I think I just like libraries that don’t stink like homeless people. Give me that and I’m happy.
What about you? Do you use your library?