Tell Me Something Tuesday: Libraries

Posted September 7, 2021 by Berls in Tell Me Something Tuesday / 16 Comments

Tell Me Something Tuesday

Tell Me Something Tuesday was hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings, but she has (temporarily?) stopped blogging. So a group of us that had been doing posts (Linda from Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell, Karen from For What It’s Worth, Roberta from Offbeat YA, Jen from That’s What I’m Talking About  and me) decided to get together, come up with some more topics and keep the meme going.Michelle made us a logo and we’re off and running. For more details, check out this post where I reintroduced the meme.

I can be sporadic, but when I do join in I will always share next week’s topic at the end of the post. So, today is about…

Libraries… do you use yours?

The short answer: Yes.

The longer answer: Pre-blogging I used my library so much more. I owned a handful of books, but mostly I just went to the library if I wanted to read a book. I think there are two main reasons I use the library less:

  1. I’m inpatient. When I decide I want to read a book, I tend to want to read it right now. And sometimes that works out with OverDrive. But very often, the book has a waiting list or isn’t available on OverDrive (so I’d have to GO and get the physical copy). And when that happens, I often end up either not reading it, buying it, or finding it on Scribd (paid service similar to KU).
  2. I own SO MANY books that I haven’t read. And I’m not just talking about my print books – I just moved and I’m feeling the weight (literally!) of how many I own. I also have hundreds of ebooks and audiobooks that I’ve never read (and I can’t seem to keep that collection from growing, even though I am WAY more judicious about buying books these days). So why go to the library when you basically own one?

That being said, I love the library and love to support it. I participate in a charity every year for one of our local libraries to support the ELL program they have. And that’s the thing about libraries, they aren’t just repositories of books for free (which is AMAZING in and of itself) but they also host so many programs for the community – especially the less economically fortunate. As a child, teen, and young adult those programs were instrumental to me and my family. So libraries will always hold a special place in my heart. Plus the first book of my very own that I ever owned, my librarians purchased for me 🙂

What about you? do you use the library?

Next week’s topic: When does it become too late to comment on a blog post?

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About Berls

Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

I'm not just a book lover, but a one time author (that hopes to be more in the future), wife, mom to the cutest, happiest, best 1 year old and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 20 year old on the planet. My family mean everything to me and they appear frequently in the Sunday Post with Berls. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!

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16 responses to “Tell Me Something Tuesday: Libraries

  1. I use my library all the time, but definitely different from the way I did 5 years ago. First, I read more books on my tablet and so I get them online using hoopla, cloudlibrary or Libby. I also listen to a lot of audiobooks which I also get from the library, but do not have to go into the building to do that, I download them online. I do occasionally get physical books, but again, I order them and just run in to pick them up. I will probably go back in more often once the pandemic is over, but not yet.

    • Sounds like you use your library pretty much the same way I do. I used to really go in and walk around, check out the new arrivals, etc. Now I’m in and out. I’m thinking once things get better with COVID, I’ll really enjoy taking Dante.

    • I really look forward to that. I think he will love story time and just exploring the books. It’s okay, I think he’ll enjoy it more in a year or so anyway. But I am looking forward to being able to take him places like that!

  2. The first book I read was from the library, not that I can remember the title but I’m certain if libraries hasn’t existed, I wouldn’t even be a reader even with schools.

    I now only use the library for ebooks because going out is a bit difficult decision these days. But I hear you on Overdrive – sometimes the wait list is ridiculous. I’ve noticed the most popular books have more copies while less known authors have like one or two copies of their books. I guess it’s a popularity contest even though we can suggest a book for purchase but that doesn’t always work.

    Have a lovely day.

    • I agree – the library definitely made me a reader. School had reading and books, but the library presented choice and endless opportunities to read.

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