Today's question: 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 used to go to the library a couple of times every month. Now I'm kept busy with all of the books that publishers send me for review. If ever I run out of reading material, I'd return.
- I do not think that coffeehouse/bookstores will ever replace the library. Even though a customer may pick up a book and read a bit of it, the book cost money if you want to finish it. In today's economy, people appreciate that a library offers books to read for free.
- I got my first library card at age five and went there each week. I wrote about that here and here.
- I worked as a library clerk for six years in a high school. I wrote about that here.
- I prefer an active library to a dark, quiet one. I've never stayed to read anything inside a library; I just get what I want and take it home to enjoy. However, while in college, I did use a quiet room to research material that could not be checked out.