Friday, September 23, 2016

Fixed income Friday at your public library!

Previously, Brandywine was a depository for approximately 726 skillion books.


(I was an English major in college, and some of the books were from there. But I have been a voracious reader all my life.)

In an attempt to declutter according to the humorous principals of the inimitable Ms. Kondo, I decided to start getting books that I might only read once on my e-reader.

That worked two times. My sweet DL, with whom I read just before we turn out the lights, will no longer allow the tablet in the bedroom. He says it annoys him and he thinks it puts him off his sleep. And since after 33 years he is finally trained, I acquiesced. Better to lose the tablet than the man.

But $600 a month doesn't leave much extra for books. Let's face it: I have had to choose between books and beverages. So I have become very familiar with my local branch of the public library. (My love affair with libraries began long ago, but that's another story for another day.)



The closest branch (main branch) has been torn down to build something newer and more supportive of technology. Our smaller branch down the road in the other direction is in a converted movie theater. It's nice and modern and open, with lots of light. I can't decide if that makes me feel like it's less of a library, which something in me wants to be small and dark, but perhaps that's because I am very Dickensian that way. Anyway, I have become good friends with my library, even if I have to wait in line for a book.

The middle-grades novel sets I brought home from school--thousands of dollars' worth--have been sent to other teachers. I hope that they are able to use them with their students. My professional materials have been either given to Goodwill (as antiquated material) or passed along to younger teachers. I will be taking the rest of these books to Edwin McKay or The Book Rack, where they will either be donated or swapped out for half as many titles. They only new books I will purchase are the ones written by friends, like Laurie.

My library will be my go-to for books, which is as it should be. I can call an reserve a book to be picked up later (they will hold for 24 hours, and if they don't have a copy they will find a branch that does), I can browse the stacks for something that looks interesting or ask the librarians for a recommendation. I am going to rekindle (as I de-Kindle) my love affair with the library.

11 comments:

Cassie Bustamante said...

my mother in law gets all of hers from the library these days and i need to but i tend to be spontaneous in picking books and don't want to be on wait lists. haha.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Lots of my neighbors use our public library...they are old school and do not like to use devices like Kindles....I love the smell of a library...love the smell of books...especially the older ones..I love turning pages....great post! Have a great weekend!

Art and Sand said...

Steve has decided to go back to real books instead of reading on devices. I think I'll suggest he go back to the library because it gets expensive to buy books and we don't have the space.

Lynne said...

I love our public library, and have not had too many problems with having to wait a long time for books (I have to say though, I tend to not read very many new releases.......). While my budget is appreciative of the library, I sometimes wonder how authors feel about people like me...I can't remember the last time I actually bought a book for myself.

On a side note, I am always so sad to discover someone who doesn't like to read. Just discovered today that the son of one of my mother's cousins ( can NEVER remember what way that makes he and I related) does not like to read. As I said, I instantly felt great sadness when his grandma (I DO know that she is my Great-Aunt!) told me that today.

Bliss said...

I knew my way around card catalogs in high school, but I can't quite remember why I had it as a class? Study hall was for sissies maybe?

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I love the library! We had a gorgeous one right across the street from me in a gorgeous, stately house with many rooms and French doors, tall ceilings and lots of character. They moved! Only to around the corner and down Main St. to another gorgeous building but now it is too far to just run over for a book. I was spoiled but now it is a treat to drive over there!

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

We homeschool and go to the library often. It's nice that they will bring in any book you want if it's not there locally. My youngest daughter loves series books, she's reading the Peculiar children? now.. If my kids love the books, sometimes we'll buy them to keep but so many are not keepers and that's when I appreciate the free library! I also find great books at the thrift stores. I found the entire Harry Potter series there for 99 cents each!

laura@notatrophywife.com said...

I LOVE the library! I have not traded up for a e-reader. I can't hold an e-reader like a book. The am a bit of a germ freak so I can't think too long about how many hands have touched the book or read the book in a place other than a sterile desk. laura

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I wish I could get Magoo to turn off his iPad at night. I fall asleep before him and he's always killing me with the light from that thing. I'm guilty of it, too- but I have rules about turning it off at 11. Magoo is a rebel. Or maybe just a hellion. I'm going to have to be a better enforcer.
I still love real books and refuse to give them up. I haven't been in a real library since the kids were little. If I went, I might never leave. I still love hanging out in B&N.

Andrea said...

I do, I try the library thing and I love going there and coming out with a stack of books, but then I find myself in front of books for sale and am helpless again. I am even guilty of buying the used books for sale at the library...ugh! Such deals though! I try to really stretch gift cards (sometimes they are part of the "problem" as they drive me back to the bookstore)

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I need to do this as well. It's just a matter of laziness for me. It's easier and faster to order from Amazon. But if I would just make the effort I could order from the library online as well. Kondo's book was helpful to me in many ways but I had already purged my books when I read it. Thanks for the library motivation.

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