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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