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.