I’ve lived in this town for almost 10 years and have never stepped a foot in the public library. Ridiculous, right? My college years were peppered with visits to the university’s large library, but I rarely spent more time there than what it took to locate what I needed in the massive expanse of stacks. Leaving campus for anything was a real treat, however, the public library never made it onto our list of frequented places. Like the frozen custard place. And I think my roommate and I both visited the frozen custard place more than the university library anyway.
A few weeks ago I decided that I needed to take my library card (which I have had for years) and head over there for a visit. Read-a-Thon is coming up and while my “to read” shelf here at the house is bursting at the seams, there are a few new releases that I’ve been wanting to get my hands on.
Cue disaster striking whenever I make plans to visit a place. (See: Christmas 2009, our 2nd attempt at Christmas 2009, and Spring Break 2010) The news broke that bedbugs had invaded my town’s library. FABULOUS. And as when any news breaks on the 10pm newscast, my mom calls me (while I am watching said newscast) and says, “DON’T GO TO THE LIBRARY!”
So I didn’t.
BUT. The library came to me. That very same week the Kindle library lending feature was launched and I have been sitting pretty ever since.
I’m trying not to go crazy and check more things out than I can finish and so far I think I’m doing well in that aspect. There’s no need to hog a book that I can’t get to for a week if another patron is wanting to read it right then. A few of the books I’ve checked out to my Kindle I have been saving for Read-a-Thon and I’m really excited for that to happen! (Now I just have to get the rest of the study back in order so that I can be ready on Saturday. I can’t read in an untidy room. My mom would probably tell you that I somehow managed to get past that when I lived at home.)
Another feature they have that also allows me to check out books in my pajamas is their online audio catalog. That’s been available this whole time, I just hadn’t sought it out. I checked out Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, which I’ve already read, because I wanted to get a refresher on it before starting Linger (which I intended to read at the last Read-a-Thon). Love me some YA werewolf fiction.
How about you? Do you frequent your public library? How do you feel about audio books? Have you signed up for Read-a-Thon yet?
Stay tuned. Tomorrow I’ll be posting my Read-a-Thon stack!