Thursday, 7 October 2010

Book love

To cheer me up on Monday, we went to our local library. How boring I can hear you say, she’s going to start talking about books. Well, yes and no I guess!! I thought my library (and libraries in general really) deserved a mention on this little blog because they are simply fantastic. Let’s put it this way: I love libraries and always have done. I’m currently a member of three (gosh is that sad?), one near where I live, one near where I work, and one near a shopping centre (!). You just never know when you might need to borrow something or use their facilities (I’m talking internet access here, not toilets by the way!).

In blogland, you often see people with massive bookshelves, crammed full of books. And although they do indeed look lovely (especially those that are colour arranged – massive envy!!!), I can’t help but think it’s a bit of a waste of space. And what do massive bookcases say about you? That you’re clever and read a lot? That perhaps you are a little egocentric and like to display what knowledge you might have? In which case, do some books get hidden because you are embarrassed you’ve read them? Maybe that's a bit harsh, but my point is, you could be sharing those books with others, and limiting yourself to reading what can fit on those said shelves surely is a bit restrictive.

Obviously, it’s not about price. Books these days are just so cheap. And then, when you get a book from the library, you lose that excitement of knowing you’re the first person to open it, discover what it hides, bend its pages. I can’t deny that I do indeed miss that feeling occasionally and keep on hoping that some people learn how to treat books with respect. Honestly, don’t get me started on people who annotate books, it drives me insane. But in the end, how cool is it that I can come home with all these random books and magazines, and all for FREE???
I ♥ libraries ;-)


Jill said...

I love libraries too - Violet and I go at least twice a week.

I'm trying not to hang onto my books these days (mainly due to lack of space, and also because I know that I'll never read a certain book again), that's why I set up the Book Box over on my blog. Once I've read a book and I know I won't read it again, it goes in the Book Box and maybe one of my lovely blog readers fancy giving it a go. And, it's free!

Jill x

The Girl said...

I haven't been to a library in ages. Have far too many books waiting to be read.

I think some people have big bookshelves because they love books so much and can't bear to let them go, I don't think it's a show-off thing at all.

I had to have a smack down on one of my friends who borrowed a book from me that I hadn't got around to reading yet and I discovered she'd been turning the corners of the pages down to keep her place. RAGE!

A Thrifty Mrs said...

I love to visit libraries but equally I have a great many bookshelves packed full with books I have read, want to read again or have yet to read. I don't see it as egocentric (not in the popular missve sense of the word) in any way. My books are out on show because my friends and I treat each other as libraries, we'll go to each others home and borrow books, browse through their finds, ask for recommendations.

In my honest opinion a home with few books is as dull as a home without a radio.

Different strokes and all that.

I don't think children are taken to to visit a library as an activity nearly as much as they used to. Respecting books isn't something people are taught anymore which is a shame. I'll often take a book out and find it has been scribbled in or had a torn page. I'd be mortified if I returned a book in that state.

Ooops, this is a bit of an essay.

clarabelle said...

I think I am going to go join my local library... now where is it?! Really - I have been thinking about it for a while and we DID only move here a year ago...honest

Diane said...

I love the cool camping books - we use these as a basis to booking our holiday sites now. xxxx

Where the nodding violets grow said...

I love the library too. I have just borrowed a talking book of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde so that I can listen while doing my knitting!