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?
These are some great questions, which should elicit some interesting responses. It’s been a long time since I’ve used a library, not because I don’t like them it’s just that I prefer owning my own books, which can be a rather expensive hobby. For me the problem is being told how much time I can spend with a book, that particular boundary is what holds me back from taking advantage of the services that a public library offers.
As for the library being replaced by the coffee shop/bookstore I’d have to say no. This is yet another option in the source for books. Each serve a different function and so one cannot replace the other. One serves a purpose the other doesn’t, unless this happens I don’t think it will ever replace the library.
I did visit the library as a child but not very often because my parents weren’t readers. I was actually the only one that did any reading the house and so could only use the library when my class would go or once I was old enough to go myself. But once I was old enough my use of library services changed because I had cash to spend on books and nothing is more satisfying that purchasing a brand new book and opening it up and experiencing that book for the first time.
Since I live in a theatre town I remember the theatre room that my public library has. I don’t remember the name but it has a huge collection of theatre related books as well as a video collection of Shakespeare films. It’s a great room that you can use and sit and read the books in this collection or sit a watch one of the videos.
I much prefer the older darker libraries. There’s something an old building that houses novels and the mystery that comes with older buildings.