Top 10 Reasons I Love Libraries

I’m a firm believer that libraries, like museums, should be free. They are a vital link for the community. I’ve been a proud library card holder since I was old enough to scratch my name across the back of the card. My late fees helped build the newest library in town. I love libraries.  What’s so great about them?

Top 10 Reasons I Love Libraries

 

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1. Free books. That’s right the books are free. I can check out as many books as I can carry and take them home for a spin. I may not read them all but I can try. 2.Magazines. I love a good magazine, but I don’t really want a subscription. My library has a wall full of the latest periodicals. They are even kind enough to provide chairs and huge windows of natural lighting to read them by.

3.Cheap movies. The local branch has walls of movies, documentaries, and TV shows. All for only$0.75 each or 4 for $3. You can’t beat that. They are partly responsible for my BBC addiction.

4.Audio books. This one isn’t for me. It’s for my honey. He doesn’t enjoy reading like I do. Shocking! But he does enjoy listening to books on tape/CD. His preferences lean toward historical fiction and nonfiction. I bit dry for me but it makes him happy. I don’t listen to audio books, they put me to sleep.

5. Knowledgeable staff. Before Google, if I had a question about the Zsras of Russia I would call the library. Believe it or not, they would find the answer. They still know their stuff. When my kids were younger we would ask the Children’s department librarian about certain books. She always knew about them. She may not have read them all, but she knew enough to answer the question. Last week, we met the Teen librarian. She helped guide my daughter toward new books that may interest her.

6. Summer Reading Program. My kids loved this when they were young. They never missed  the annual kick-off and enjoyed keeping track of their progress.

7. It entertains the kids. Yes, you read that correctly. My girls love the library and enjoy going. On hot summer days it makes a nice escape from the heat. Bonus: it’s free.

8. Special Events. Our library system has a calendar of events. Some only occur at certain branches while others are system wide. For instance, Rosemary Wells famous children’s author will be at our library….this weekend 🙂 They also have movie showings, book clubs, and other events geared toward community needs. Most are free!

9. Hours of endless entertainment, escape, and knowledge.

10. Free books. Yes, I said that twice.

There you go the 10 reasons I love the library. Now, if you will excuse me I have books to turn in and Season 2 of The Flash is on hold.

What’s your favorite thing about the library?

-CK

 

My Book Bag is Full

Those that have read my blog for a while know I love the library. It doesn’t matter if I have a stack of books on my TBR table, I keep going back. Since I’m a mood reader, each trip brings home a different genre of books.

Saturday was Library day!

I sorted through my unread books and decided most could go back to the library. Mainly because I was no longer in    the mood to read

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them. I kept a handful I still had high hopes to read. I loaded up the husband and kiddies and trekked to the hallowed halls of free books.

I cruised the kiddie section waiting on the young ones to get an armload before crossing the hall to the YA and adult fiction section. I was looking for dragon books, and mermaids but I’m always on the lookout for mermaid books. They are surprisingly hard to find.  I found  Dragons at Crumbling Castle by Terry Pratchett. I hear he’s awesome. The cover has a cartoon on a dragon in a bathtub reading. How awesome is that?

With the kids loaded down with books I cross the hall. I have to look quick, my oldest likes to cruise the shelves looking for books she knows I won’t let her read yet. Trying to catch me in a weak moment.

The Fantasy section is next to the YA section. The mystery section didn’t hold much interest for me this time. I walked down the aisle, waiting for a book to jump in my arms. I came across two books, actually 10 but I’m only mentioning two. The first, House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter, had an interesting cover. But the real reason I checked it out was the setting- New Orleans. I did glance at the blurb on the back, I have a suspicion that it’s going to be similar to the The Originals.  The second is Charming by Elliot James. I remember reading something about this book last year and it sparked my interest. It looks like I have a monster hunter turned monster and the Knights Templar. What’s not to love!

I also have The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I don’t really want to read it. My youngest wants to read it and I don’t know enough about it so guess what- I get to read it first.

Looks like March is going to end up being Fantasy Fiction month! This doesn’t even count the books recently downloaded on my Kindle!

What did you recently check out from the library?

-CK

 

 

Research, or fun in the library

I normally don’t do a lot of research.  Most of my writing doesn’t require more than a little surfing on the web.  Which is good, because I love research.  Sad but true. I was the kid in school that got excited over the prospect of writing a research paper and scoffed at the audacity of the teacher limiting the number of pages I could turn in.  I tend to take it over board.  Recently, I’ve jumped into the world of fantasy and world building.  I decided a little more information would be prudent.  I’m pretty good with Greek and Roman mythology thanks to Riordan ( I slept through a class in college so it doesn’t count) and my knowledge of other mythical creatures comes from Tolkien and a few others.  Anyway, I put on a little makeup and standard conservative attire for a mom with tweens and headed to the library. Trust me this bit of information will be important later.

I surfed the web for a list of books I thought would be helpful in my research.  Of course, nothing is in the computer or on the shelf.  So armed with my list of authors and titles I ask the nice librarian to see if she can get them for me.  Here’s my list:

  1. Giants, monsters & Dragons: An encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend & Myth  by Carol Rose
  2. The Mythical Creatures Bible: The Definitive Guide to Legendary Beings  by Brenda Rosen
  3. America Alligators by Kelly Ouchley
  4. Discovering Alabama Wetlands by Doug Phillips
  5. The Fairy Bible: The Definitive Guide to the World of Fairies by Teresa Moorey  (at this point the librarian looks up from the computer and gives me an odd look.  She then surveys my attire, looking for some sign of insanity, tattoos, or piercings.
  6. The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy by Darin Park
  7. The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones
  8. Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, & Goblins: An Encyclopedia by Carol Rose

By the time she gets to the last book she is rolling with laughter.  I got laughed at by the librarian.  The kids weren’t with me, I had my glasses perched at the end of my nose and used grown up manners.  She still laughed at me.  To make matters worse the system only had one of the books (#1) and #7 could be borrowed from some library in the nether regions and I would have to pay a fee to read it.

The bright side is I made someone’s day a little brighter with a much needed laugh.  Next time, I’m wearing my cat woman shoes and alligator earrings.  I might even dress my kids up as super heroes to deflect their attention.

That’s life in the South.

What fun have you had recently in the library.  (Keep it clean.)

CK