Booking Through Thursday — a day late

Suggested by Barbara:

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?

I’m glad this question came up, because in the last six months or so, I’ve had reawakening of the pleasures of using the library.  I used to think that I had to buy every book and keep it – in the last year, I’ve been convinced that maybe – just maybe – it’s okay just to borrow books.  So we started going back over the holidays and we end up going once or twice a month.  One of the things I was really excited about was that our library also rents music CDs – how cool is that?

Has the coffeehouse/bookstore replaced the library?
Seriously?  Free books to borrow in a welcoming atmosphere versus $4 lattes and emo-arty people all typing on their iPhones to one another?
Did you go to the library as a child?  Do you have any memories of the library?
I sure did!  I loved the Dudley Grange Library in Camden.  It was this great old building with all sorts of rooms and nooks and crannies and stacks in which to wander.  The day I “graduated” from the kids section (under a librarian’s strict and watchful eye…) to the “rest” was a really BIG DAY.  I even found a pic of it online.  Sadly, it burned down in 1980.

Do you like sleek, modern, active libraries or the older, darker, quiet, cozy libraries?
I think because of the Dudley Grange library, I always like the idea of the old creaky almost-gothic library, but I will say it is fun to see go to our modern library and see families and people of all ages and backgrounds using the facilities.

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11 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday — a day late

  1. Your childhood library has such a mysterious curb appeal. Too bad that it burned down, for I am sure it was lovely.As for me, my main childhood library was the Bookmobile and the shelf in the local post office where folks would return Bookmobile books before its next trip into town.I guess that explains why your library looks so great to me!

  2. Libraries are great! I try to make it there at least every other week. Nothing like getting out a big stack of books to peruse. Then maybe just buy the ones you really end up liking and want to add to your permanent collection. I'm trying to make certain my kids pick up the habit as well.

  3. As usual, a thought-provoking piece. I love Gothic architecture, (is that a postcard, by the way)? and new libraries are neat but there's nothing like an old dusty book to make you feel like you're somewhere distinctive and special. I can't seem to get a grip on borrowing books… maybe because I like to read on the beach. The librarians don't seem to appreciate salty, soaking wet returns…..

  4. Some of my favorite memories of childhood derive from our local library. We went there often. When I became a mom, trips to the library were frequent. As I have mentioned before, my daughter J works there now. In fact she was telling me just this week that a co-worker, Linda, reminisced about seeing J and Thing 2 with me at the library when they were little. Oh I could go on. And I will on my blog another day. Thank you for the topic!

  5. Cool library! I also love old libraries. If I am personally going to go hang out in a library – something I don't do much on my days off since I work at one – I love old cozy libraries. I voted for the newer ones from a professional standpoint. People who wouldn't usually go into a library feel more welcome in newer libraries.

  6. jennytales — I think I will have to adopt the "borrow the book and buy the ones that you want for your collection" strategy. So far, I think that's only been one book (out of maybe 10) so that;s a pretty good savings!

  7. I don't know if that was a postcard or not, Ellie — i did a google-search on the library and was lucky enough to find a good shot. There was also a shot of the ruins after the fire, but that made me sad.I used to love to go through my grandparents' old books — to see when they were printed and where and think about what was going on in the world at that time.

  8. bec — the funny thing is that I can't remember going with my folks. Perhaps they let me go on my own? Maybe I went with my older brother — that seems more likely. I think I'd like to work in a library.

  9. Bookish — I think from a welcoming standpoint, the newer open libraries are really wonderful, but there's nothing like dusty old stacks to get a young boy's imagination going — you might find a secret spell-book or something!

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