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:
- 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).
- 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 🙂