The Local Library: Not Just For Kiddos


About a month ago, I re-discovered something truly amazing that I hadn’t even thought about for probably a decade.

I was making my normal rounds through Barnes & Noble, wishing that I had some extra pocket money for some books that I’d like to read. Because, honestly, I missed reading. Books had been such a huge piece of my life as a kid; I remember spending summer days sprawled out on the couch with the latest Goosebumps or Animorphs or sports novel and wouldn’t stand up until the book was done. It really catapulted my comprehension levels as a kid and there’s really nothing quite like curling up with a great book.

I’ve bought a few books over the past couple of years – The Hunger Games books, several For Dummies books (which I totally love), a couple of books on the stock market (which I’ve recently begun to dabble in). By and large, though, books are REAL expensive and I find myself, more often than not, wishing I had my $20 (or $30 or $60) back.

Enter the Library.image

I was kind of curious about the local library; I know that the general idea is that they’ve got pretty much every book you could want, but I also know myself. There’s a lot on my plate and I’m a little worried about missing deadlines and accruing fees. And if there’s one thing I hate, it’s fees.

So I went in to see what it was all about. Turns out, you get a card and can check out some ridiculous number (something like 250, although when it’s that big you might as well round it up to infinity) books at a time. Here’s what I love: You can also check out 10 E-Books at a time. So you don’t have to fool with going into the library, picking out a book and returning it. You just borrow it online, read it on your Kindle app, and when your 2 weeks are up, you get an email saying it’s no longer available. Needless to say, it’s very fancy.

If you’re looking for some free entertainment (which you should be), you should check out your local library. So far, I’ve read half of that Ron Burgandy biography that supposedly was halfway written by Will Farrell?? But nobody really knows because the writing credit goes to Ron Burgandy. I got halfway through before I quit because it was only funny if you imagine Will Farrell narrating which was wasting a little more brain power than I wanted to.

I also just finished Good to Great by Jim Collins, which was excellent (review coming soon) and I’m looking forward to putting some of these ideas into practice at my job and also in my volunteering.

Your turn: If you use the library, how do you like it? Which features do you use? If not, how come?


5 Comments on “The Local Library: Not Just For Kiddos”

  1. Kat says:

    Reblogged this on Kat Webber and commented:
    I originally started going back to the library for this very same reason. As a poor college student, and with some free time on my hands, I couldn’t possibly afford to buy all the books I wanted to read. And then the habit just sort of stuck after I graduated and was living on my own and had to *gasp* pay my own bills! And now, I can’t imagine not having access to the magical land that is the local library (regardless of wherever that local location might be).


    • It really is wild that everyone has access to such an AMAZING FREE resource like a local library! What’s also wild are the crazy looks I get when I’m talking about how much I love the library. I guess we’re in the minority. Thanks for commenting! 🙂


  2. vance43 says:

    Reading this makes me feel really guilty for not taking advantage of the public library. My town just opened a beautiful new library and I haven’t even stepped foot inside. The shame is almost unbearable. Maybe you will be just the push I need to get off my ass and go 🙂


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