i love books. much more than tv, movies or magazines.
books have the space to fully explore and articulate a big idea in a way 4 minute soundbites on tv can’t.
so here’s the rub, decades of book reading causes lots of books to accumulate – and not all books become favorites you want to keep around forever (only occasionally will i reread a book) so in addition to loving books, i’ve grown to love the library.
yup, that place i went to while i was in school to research things before the internet :)
in lexington, we’re pretty lucky to have a solid library system. it’s no vancouver (look at that!) but it’s solid.
lest you wander in and wonder how to find amazing books on *your* favorite topics, let me share how i do it.
when i come across a book i really want to read, i go to amazon and put it in my shopping cart (you could use a wish list, i suppose but i just have a huge shopping cart and click: ‘save for later’ the things i’m not going to buy).
then, about once every couple of weeks, i hop on to the library website and log into “my account”(the number on the back of your library card is super long so just have your computer remember it).
i check to see if my little list of books are in their catalog and if they are, i hit a button that says ‘request’ and it can go to whichever branch i’d like. sweet helpful people pull it and put it on the reserve shelf with your name. no searching through the stacks! just ask at the front desk where the reserve shelves were :)
i get an email that lets me know it’s arrived to the reserves and about i zip in & check them out. 4 minutes. in and out.
because i’ll request a few at a time, i just go once they are all there (they hold them for 7 days for you).
are you almost convinced?
seriously…this is SO great for children’s books and cookbooks (my kitchen is out of cookbook room!).
a couple things to keep in mind – books that are newer than a year aren’t often available. and while i was bummed about that at first, i’ve found *plenty* to read!
a few times i’ve done an interlibrary loan to get something great from another area library if it’s something i really wanted to read.
we didn’t use the library (except for the occasional rainy day trip) before audrey started reading as part of her daily homework. 20 minutes of reading time had us blowing through books and those ‘easy reader’ books, while important to building reading competency, aren’t something i wanted to buy and keep forever so we started checking out enough a little bundle of books to add variety to what we had at home.
oh, and one more amazing thing…in most cases, if you can’t get a book back to the library on the date it’s due (and they send you an email 3 days beforehand to remind you), you can simply renew online.
so, grab a bag and find a cute basket for them for them to live in at home (we’ve learned it’s best to keep our books separate so they have their own spot and don’t get tucked under a bed).
happy reading! here are a few of our recent childrens favorites: