National Library Week is April 10-16, so I thought I’d celebrate by doing a tag about libraries! I adore visiting them and have THREE library cards – actually, I have four if you count my student ID, which gives me access to the materials in any of the eight libraries at the University of Iowa. I wanted to be a librarian when I was little. I attached my Iowa City library card to my keyring so that I’ll always have it with me and am prepared to check out more books whenever the mood strikes me.
I am, in short, obsessed with libraries.
P.S. I got this tag from Safa @ Books Over People.
How often do you visit your local library?
Once a week, usually. I don’t limit myself to going only once per week, though – that’s just how my schedule typically works out. I don’t go there as often when I have a ton of homework, for obvious reasons. I didn’t go there much this winter, either, because I am secretly a whiny crybaby who hates the cold and doesn’t want to go outside even if it’s for books.
HAHAHAHAHA I AM DEFINITELY THE FIRST TYPE OF PERSON. It’s one of my worst habits. It’s like a “my eyes are bigger than my stomach” thing, or something. It’s funny… I rarely have this problem with actual food, but with books? Oh my god. I always tell myself that I’m only going to get a few books and I never stick to that. Ever.
How old were you when you got your first library card?
Five, I think? I taught myself to read at that age and I remember signing my name on the card when I got it. It definitely can’t have been any earlier than five because I would have had to know how to read first before I learned how to write.
I check out anything and everything that looks even the slightest bit interesting. It’s another bad habit of mine… I’m so impulsive in the library! I rarely buy anything, including books – which, come to think of it, may be part of the problem. I tell myself that at least I’m not spending money and then I load up on library books and stagger home with three or four bags of them. This is why I end up checking out more books than I know I can read, even as I think to myself, “There’s no way that I can read all of these in two weeks.”
I use it for everything! As I just said, I rarely buy things (except, like, food and textbooks when needed), so I borrow from the library as much as possible. I love living in a place with a library that lets me keep DVDs for an entire week, because my hometown library only let me keep them for two days so timing was of the essence.
From what section of your library do you check out a majority of your books? (YA, middle grade, adult, nonfiction, et cetera?)
Um… YA and adult, I think? But if you mean by genre, then I raid the shelves where they keep graphic novels and comic books. I looked over at my bookshelf just now and 75% of the library books there are either graphic novel memoirs or something from DC Comics.
What is your favorite part of using your local library?
I love how many materials I can borrow for free! Thanks to the library, I have access to so many books, movies, et cetera from so many different countries and from throughout the ages. I can count on the library as a place to endlessly amuse me when I’m bored, or distract me when I’m sad.
Libraries and bookstores are my favorite places on earth and I will always be grateful for them. The other day one of my online friends told me that she lives too far away from the library to go there often, and that made me so sad, because I can’t imagine not being able to go to one at the drop of a hat.
Do you use the library? What is the best and/or most unique thing about YOUR library?! I wanna know because it’s always so much fun to hear about all the cool things that other libraries in other towns far far away are doing!