Do You Use Your Local Library? (Let’s Talk Bookish)

Let's Talk Bookish

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme that was created and hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and then cohosted with Dani @ Literary Lion. It is currently hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits. The meme encourages participants to discuss a new topic each week and visit each other’s posts to keep the conversation going.

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Do you have a local library you go to often?

Yes! Anyone who reads our blog regularly knows that Briana and are enthusiastic supporters of the public library. Even when getting to the library was difficult for me, I would walk, bike, or take the bus to make sure I was able to get my books because there is nothing more exciting than walking into a building full of stories–and being able to take them home free.

I also like to attend programs at the library since it’s a fun and free way to spend a night out and meet new people. I’ve been able to make crafts with materials I don’t have at home, win prizes at Bingo Night, attempt to solve a murder mystery, and enter the Summer and Winter Reading Challenges. Sometimes I invite friends or family to go with me since, again, it’s a free night out! Sometimes they even have snacks, which is a bonus.

Does/did your school have a library?

My elementary school had a library full of old books, mostly classics. I loved checking out books each week, though I was always sad we were limited to only one book per week. Later on, in high school, I was devastated to realize that the school library was only open for about a half hour after school–and I couldn’t go because I had to go home. But the library was mostly full of outdated nonfiction, so it wasn’t particularly useful, anyway. They later changed it to a computer lab because the administration decided libraries are obsolete. Well, sure–if it’s full of outdated books no one can access!

My college library did not have a popular fiction section, but I found it extremely useful for academic purposes, especially paired with interlibrary loans, which I took advantage of frequently. I also applied for a library card from the local public library while in college, and would sometimes walk there to check out books for entertainment. Also, a little-known tip is that sometimes the education majors are asked to read children’s books or popular fiction, so you can often find at least some of these books even in an academic library.

What are your favorite things about libraries?

Too many to list! I love that libraries are committed to equal access, and that they are always looking for new, innovative ways to reach more people and connect them with resources that can improve their lives. There is really nowhere else that feels as welcoming. I can walk in, with no questions asked, stay for hours, spend no money, and have no one bother me. And I always leave with a stack of books because there’s no charge, and if I don’t end up reading them all or loving them all, it doesn’t matter. I can always check the books out another time, or find a different book I’ll love. Lately, I’ve expanded to borrowing more movies because I don’t want to pay for a streaming service. And I regularly check out WiFi hotspots so I don’t have to pay for an internet provider at home. People always give me their tips to save money, and I always reply with, “But have you tried the library?”

Are there certain books you borrow more or less often from libraries?

I borrow almost all of my books from the library at this point in my life. I will buy classics since the public library does not tend to stock those, or books that my library is unable to purchase for me. But there are certain books I really couldn’t see myself ever purchasing if the library did not have them–graphic novels because they’re expensive and I can read them in about an hour or less, audiobooks because they are expensive, certain YA books that I don’t see myself ever rereading or that I am not positive I will really enjoy. My purchasing power is limited, like most people’s, so I obviously gravitate towards buying authors I already know I love, or books that I am 100% sure align with my reading tastes. The library allows me to try out new-to-me authors and other books I feel less certain about.

What do you love most about the library?

16 thoughts on “Do You Use Your Local Library? (Let’s Talk Bookish)

  1. infinitepagesbookreviews says:

    I agree completely, that the library is an amazing resource. One of my toughest times was during the beginning of COVID when the library was closed completely, with no way to get new books. I was so happy to see them open up and allow you to come pick up books at a safe place outdoors and then to open up fully again. I’m there at least once a month (careful with my health or it would be more) checking out what’s new and getting a huge haul of books.

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    • Krysta says:

      Yes! The lockdowns were so difficult! I switched to ebooks, but it’s not my preference. I’m glad things are open again. And my library still has curbside pickup as an option, which is nice.

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  2. femaleinferno says:

    I love libraries, unfortunately living in a rural area there is only a community library attached to a primary school and is open for 3 hrs, 3 days a week. And the material is mainly for the students, and sold off annally to fund the enterprise, so it does not cater to my needs. The nearest large library is over an hours drive away. When in the city I’d visit a library often – to write and access research material. I now buy my own reference books and am building my own personal library.

    When in high school we had to use a technical colleges library, or a town library… so it wasn’t the most convenient. It was in university when I discovered all the hidden gems a library offers, so I always hunt down uni libraries wherever I go to study/work in.

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    • Krysta says:

      Oh no! That does sound difficult. Only three days a week?? I like options to fit my schedule!

      Academic libraries are great, though. And they tend to be quieter and have more study space, so that’s useful.

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  3. RoXXie SiXX says:

    Hey there,

    I don’t recall having a book library at my school. But we have a very huge public library in my town, which I am a member of for decades now. I hardly go there, because I do have more than enough unread books on my TBR (over 700). But I still pay my yearly fees for the library to support them and keep them running.
    This way I want to make sure it stays open and others, who aren’t able to buy books as I can, will have the possibility to get their reading going on.

    Cheerio
    RoXXie

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    • Krysta says:

      The unending TBR pile is real! Lol! I kind of like that I can give back my unread library books and pretend they never happened. 😅

      I think it’s great that you support the library for others! That’s why I don’t mind paying taxes. Everyone complains about it, but I think there is a real benefit to supporting your community!

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      • RoXXie SiXX says:

        I actually want my whole TBR to happen, and I am not ashamed of it. 😁

        If I am wrong, please correct me, but I assume you are American. And the general way of Americans looking at a social network including taxes and health care, seems very egoistic for people from outside the US.
        Here in Germany everyone pays their part, which means everyone can get financial support when in times of a personal crisis. Therefore, everyone can benefit from it at one point.
        The American slogan “United We Stand” sounds like empty promises to the rest of the world. It’s quite the reverse, the US nation is more divided than ever. That’s just what I see, when I take a look from the outside in.

        But after those mid-terms, it seems like some are waking up and the Gen Z is getting into action. ✊🏼

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        • Krysta says:

          I would say that Americans have an individualistic mentality. It comes out in statements like, “I don’t have children! Why should I pay school taxes?” Um, because it benefits everyone to live in an educated society??

          Americans know we’re really divided right now, but it’s hard to know what to do about it when a lot of the divisiveness is coming from public figures and they can really have an outsized impact on the tenor of the conversation.

          On the other hand, I guess it’s not too new to American history? I once read a book about the number of physical attacks Congressman made on each other in the years leading up to the Civil War. Not that anyone wants to think we’re leading up to another decisive split like that. :S

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  4. Janette says:

    I love being to just pick up random books to try without worrying about whether I will enjoy them or not. Or even get round to reading them 😀

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    • Krysta says:

      Yes! I used to feel so stressed that I wasn’t getting around to all my library books. Then I realized I could just return them and check them out later when I had more time. Seems so obvious now. 😅

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  5. mphtheatregirl says:

    Well- my elementary schools (due to moving after 2nd grade) did have a library (checked out books there in those days); as well as local libraries during vacation and did participate in summer programs

    College- yes, used it a lot. At community college, was not there much (only when waiting for next class). But at university, I used my library a lot- after all, the only source of the printer, and where I would do research for papers

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  6. BookerTalk says:

    I don’t remember any of the schools I went to having a library that offered anything beyond text books. Very dull. So I just used to go to our town library and browse until I found something of interest. It’s how I got to read Camus, Tolstoy etc – authors that were not mentioned in our English lit classes.

    I go into our local library at least once a week for a browse, even when I know I have too many unread books at home. I can access the catalogue online from my home but nothing beats just wandering the shelves.

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    • Krysta says:

      That is dull! I have hope that things are changing. Not all schools have libraries/librarians, but the ones that do seem to be very focused on becoming cozy reading nooks where everyone is welcome and some even have Maker Spaces! My childhood self would have been astonished.

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