I saw that National Library week is coming up in April, and that led to some questions. How often do you use your public library and how do you use it? Has the coffeehouse/bookstore replaced the library? Did you go to the library as a child? Do you have any particular memories of the library? Do you like sleek, modern, active libraries or the older, darker, quiet, cozy libraries?
I love my public library, but I'll have to admit I don't go there as often as I would like. During the summers, I do volunteer there (although this summer, I will be too old, which breaks my heart). I hate coffeehouses, and I could never read in a bookstore, but then again, I never read at the libraries, either. I'd just use them to get massive piles of books that I always had trouble carrying and then got yelled at for checking out too many books. Oops?
I went every week at least as a child. When we lived in Massachusetts, the library was walking distance from our house, so my brother and I would always walk over there. We didn't have much money, so buying books was completely out of the question, so we loved our libraries. I have lots of memories of the Massachusetts libraries, as well as the ones here in Virginia, but I don't remember any of the earlier ones. I remember the Massachusetts library had this geoquiz thingy in the back corner that you could do and I was devastated when they took it away. I also remember my parents always getting as many science books as they could for me, and I always begged for question/answer books (still love 'em!). I also remember that the MA library had a little library shop, so if I ever had any pocket money, I'd go buy a worn book or a puzzle or something small from there :)
But it's not the libraries themselves that are awesome--it's the librarians *huggles the awesome librarians*