An author that I am friends with on Facebook has mentioned spending time at his local library the past few days and has shared some photos (see below). I realized after seeing the photos from Chris Almeida how much I miss going to the library.
While I grew up reading and going to the library with my mom, I got away from reading in high school and college in exchange for other activities. I started reading again when I was pregnant with my first child, but then it was just parenting and baby books.
It wasn’t until about five or six years ago that I found reading romance as an escape and became addicted. I did not have an e-reader at the time so I found myself at the library several times per week. Our small town had just built a brand new library and it was awesome. So welcoming and cozy to browse the selections and sit and read a bit from each book before deciding what to take home.
When it was time to search for an e-reader, we went with Barnes & Noble’s Nook because, at the time, it was the only one that would allow lending through libraries. It was a no brainer because I couldn’t possibly spend the average (that I knew) $7.99 + on books every time I wanted to read a book. Our local library offers digital lending, so it was great. However, I found myself physically at the library less and less. I would only go in and snag the latest J.D. Robb, Lisa Kelypas or Sophie Kinsella book I was not able to borrow digitally.
Then I learned about indie authors. Okay, so I didn’t really know that that meant at the time. I just found that I could get books cheap. Like really cheap. Like less than $5.00 cheap. I started browsing through those books on Barnes & Noble’s website and slowly my TBR list started growing. I was at the library even less!
Reflecting on these photos that Chris shared has made me a little nostalgic. I miss the library. I miss the way it feels to be surrounded by books with fantastic stories or those with knowledge to glean. I miss the quiet and calmness. Our library has a fantastic children/young adult section and I miss taking my kids. I need to make time to go to the library and just soak it all up.
What about you? What is your favorite thing about the library?