Some of my earliest memories are connected to the public library. I remember being 3 or 4 and my mom ferrying my kindergarten class to the library in our station wagon. Once there we would be treated to story-telling, puppet shows, and sing-alongs (my favorite was “Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”). It’s no wonder that my dream job at that age was a librarian! I adored them.
As I got older I kept visiting the public library in our town. I’d borrow fiction books, magazines, comic books. I remember how grown-up I felt once I started borrowing books that weren’t from the children’s section.
These days I still visit the library at least once or twice a month. Our library has a big collection of DVDs so most of the movies we watch come from the library. Because most of the movies available aren’t the very latest movies (although they do get many newer movies) – I find that we are watching a wider variety of movies and some that we wouldn’t normally pick up at the DVD rental store.
We also make a trip to the library before road trips to borrow music, comedy, radio drama, and book CDs. These are great to listen to on the road. On one climbing trip to the Gunks we listened to the Hobbit most of the drive – it makes the drive go so much faster.
I also love borrowing non-fiction books that I’ll only need for a short while, instead of buying them. I borrowed a lot of wedding planning books a few years ago. For our road trip last year I borrowed three different California travel guides which all proved very useful in finding things to do and places to eat during my solo-travel week.
Lately, my routine has been to go directly to the new arrivals bookshelves. I can usually find a handful of fiction, non-fiction, and biographies that look interesting. I find that this method makes me read books that I might not normally think of looking for in the general book shelving.
Have you visited your public library lately?