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Monday, January 28, 2013

PB + J Monday

Do you have a library card?  

I love mine.  We have moved a few times over the last several years and one of the first things I do, once we’re settled, is get a card for the nearest library.  I find it so exciting to wander through the shelves of books of topics that I wouldn't have on my own bookshelves at home.  And then when I'm at home I can wander through their site and find even more books in the library system that may be at another branch, but that I can still have access to.  Sometimes it just feels too good to be true!  

The library opens up countless other worlds of possibilities.   Without having to pay thousands of dollars on novels or movie rentals or how-to books you can borrow anything.  If there is a new craft, cookbook or home improvement idea you want to try but a little hesitant, you can try it with no risk with a book from the library first.

If a friend has recommended a book but you’re not sure it’s your taste you don’t have to go out and buy it the generous library will loan it to you.  And if you find out you don’t like it you can just give it back.  No questions asked.  

I recently checked out this book by Danny Seo, UpCycling, Create Things With The Stuff You Already Have.  It was really good and had some wonderful ideas in it but I’m glad I didn’t buy it.  His ideas are very creative but most of them don’t really fit with my family’s lifestyle and the book, if purchased, would just sit on the shelf and gather dust.  Instead, I was able to take it back to the library and feel good about having seen it and learning some creative upcycling (some of which I may share another time).

I love taking the kids there too.  They get excited to see familiar books their friends are reading that we don’t have.  And the library offers some really fun events for them.  

The library has hidden gems just waiting to be discovered.  And if you’re lucky to have a library that sells their books you can find some serendipitous deals there too.  

I love books and we have lots of them on lots of bookshelves in our home.  But if we didn’t have the library our house would be overrun and we’d be very, very poor.  The library is a wonderful way to still keep that manageable and help the environment.

So if you don’t have a library card...what are you waiting for???  Go get one!  Today!  You won’t regret it.


  1. I'll have to check it out. I really want to start riding my bike to the local library. I need to read more!


    1. Libraries are awesome! You won't be disappointed. : )

  2. We LOVE the library too!
    Your library looks much, much bigger than ours.

    1. It does look like a great library doesn't it? Sadly, it's now ours. We live in a small town with a small library. : )

  3. We love our library! We rent movies and TV series all the time. They even have video games now. AND museum passes too! So much more than just books (but I do like those too!!)

    Following back - thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Brie @ Breezy Pink Daisies

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'd forgotten about museum passes! We're in a small town now but when we were closer to the city our library would have passes too. There's so much more than just books! : )