Thursday, 13 November 2008

Library Love

As I have been a huge fan of my local library for as long as we have lived in this area, I read Jessica's post with interest. I must admit that it had never occurred to me to blog about the library before, but I now realize that not everyone would think of being a member of the library or know what it has to offer.

I first discovered the library on my exploration of the local neighbourhood. I joined the library because I have always loved books, but also because it is free and cheaper than buying them. That is not to say that I don't buy books: my groaning bookshelves tell their own story!

What I discovered was that I could use the Internet for free too ~ useful in the days before we had a home computer. I could do online research; catch up with e-mails to family and friends and work on updating my resume/C.V. whenever I fancied a visit.

Not only could I access a huge source of books, both fiction and non-fiction and on every subject that might interest me: I could also borrow DVDs, videos and CDs for free. There is even a selection of magazines and periodicals to take home on loan for up to 7 days.

Now that we have a home computer, I can sit in comfort and log into the library site and surf away to my heart's content; reserving books for pick-up when they become available. Recent requests include Creating Vintage Style which I read about on Jessica's blog and Cupcake Heaven which I believe I came across in a magazine feature: both are eagerly awaited. If I go online as soon as I read the reviews, I often manage to place a reservation even before the books are in circulation and I am the first person to borrow them: all the excitement of reading a new book without the expense! I get a phone call from the Toronto library telling me that the book(s) are available and I have 7 days in which to collect them.

I read book reviews in magazines and on other blogs and if they sound of interest to me, I visit the library site and request them.

Best of all I get fresh air and exercise because unless I have particularly heavy books to carry; I walk to the library through the beautiful streets of the neighbourhood and dream of owning one of those spectacular homes.